Wilson won't switch
Stoke star will stick with Republic of Ireland
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: January 11, 2012 9:33pm
Marc Wilson: Staying with Republic of Ireland
Stoke City ace Marc Wilson has ruled out switching international allegiance to Northern Ireland.
The 24-year-old defender, who was born in Northern Ireland, has always represented the Republic at international level and he made his senior debut last year in the Nations Cup.
But as he is yet to play for the Republic in a competitive match, he is still eligible to switch and new Northern Irish boss Michael O'Neill was believed to be considering making an approach.
However, Wilson is looking to stay loyal to Ireland, and said: "I have always seen myself as a Republic of Ireland player.
"I supported them when I was growing up and if I have to continue to bide my time, and wait for my chance to come along, I am happy to do that.
"The players and the gaffer have done a great job there, so I can't complain about it really. I would love to play for them though one day and I have made that clear before a number of times.
"Hopefully, my time will come in the future. I would love to try and be part of the squad for the European Finals, but if that doesn't happen then I will keep working hard here at Stoke and try to earn a spot in the Ireland team.
"There is no way I would switch to Northern Ireland though now. I made the decision a few years ago without having my head turned by anybody and I am sticking by that. It is something I am comfortable with."