Gerrard cleared for Ireland call

Defender could be involved for Carling Nations Cup games

Gerrard: Given green light for Republic call and could feature in Carling Nations Cup

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Skysports.com understands Hull City's loan star Anthony Gerrard has been cleared to play for Republic of Ireland.

The Liverpool-born defender has represented the Republic at Under 18 level having qualified to play for the country because of his grandmother.

Gerrard, who is the cousin of Liverpool skipper and England star Steven Gerrard, has now passed on the relevant documents to the Football Association of Ireland to make himself available for Giovanni Trapattoni's side.

The 25-year-old, who is currently on loan at Hull from Cardiff, has enjoyed a superb campaign with the Tigers and was recently named as the club's Player of the Season.

The highly-rated central defender has been virtually an ever-present for Hull this season and his performances are thought to have alerted a number of Premier League clubs.

With Gerrard now having his eligibility being resolved he could come into contention for Trapattoni's plans for next month's Carling Nations Cup games against Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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