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Championship striker coy on Ireland call-up as Keane watches him net 7th goal in 4 games

Brentford’s Scott Hogan is eligible thanks to his grandparents.

BRENTFORD STRIKER SCOTT Hogan says he’s not thinking about his international prospects, despite being eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland.

The 24-year-old has been in tremendous form for Brentford in the Championship, scoring seven goals in his last four games after returning from a cruciate ligament injury.

After opening his account with a strike in his side’s 1-1 draw with Bristol City in April, Hogan has scored two goals in each of the subsequent fixtures against Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town.

His most recent double came in yesterday’s 5-1 thrashing of Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium, where Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane was a spectator.

However, Hogan was coy when asked about any international ambitions he may have, revealing that he actually opted against linking up with the Irish U21 team when he played for Rochdale in 2013-14.

“I got called up at Rochdale for the 21s but we had a game on the Friday and my manager didn’t want me go so I didn’t go,” Hogan told

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“I spoke to [Alan Judge] a couple of times and he’s had a reporter ring him and ask him. They’ve tried to get in touch with me but I don’t want to consider that.

“There are much more things I’m worried about than declaring what country I can play for. My grandma and granddad are Irish — my late grandfather was as well.

“I’m eligible to play for them but I’m a Brentford player and the last thing I’m thinking of is who I’m going to represent internationally. It’s getting ahead of myself a bit too much.”

Hogan’s team-mate Alan Judge made his senior international debut for the Boys in Green in March against Switzerland, but was ruled out of Euro 2016 after sustaining a broken leg.

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