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Championship's joint-top scorer Hogan plays down Ireland call-up

The Brentford striker has been on fire since returning from two serious injuries.

Hogan has six goals in the Championship this season.
Hogan has six goals in the Championship this season.
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BRENTFORD’S SCOTT HOGAN says he is remaining fully-focused on his club career after a blistering start to the season.

The Salford-born striker, who has scored 13 goals in 15 Championship matches since making a comeback from two ligament injuries earlier this year, is joint-top scorer in England’s second division on six this term.

Ireland are monitoring his progress as he is eligible to represent the Boys in Green and Martin O’Neill was at Griffin Park last Saturday as Hogan bagged a hat-trick in the Bees’ 5-0 win over Preston North End — with Cork defender John Egan also playing 90 minutes for the home side.

O’Neill names his squad for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova tomorrow, but the 24-year-old, who has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent weeks, says he wants to concentrate primarily on Brentford.

“I know we don’t go back on it but I have been out injured but it’s important to be playing as many games for Brentford at the moment,” Hogan told Get West London.

International honours is a big thing but there’s only one place I want to play my football at the minute and that is here.

“They look after me, monitor my fitness and everything. Due to that I’ve played every minute this season which is some going after what’s happened.”

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