Sanchez wants Swansea pair

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New Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez has revealed his interest in recruiting Swansea City's Lee Trundle and Andy Robinson to his international squad.

Both Robinson and Trundle made headlines on Saturday when they led The Swans past First Division club Preston North End at Vetch Field to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The former Wycombe Wanderers boss, who was appointed international chief of the province last week, sees the Liverpool-born pair as potential new recruits for his squad, as he looks to prepare Northern Ireland for World Cup qualification in the autumn.

Sanchez claims that Trundle, who is thought to be keen on an international cap with Republic of Ireland, might find his international opportunities to be more fruitful with Northern Ireland instead.

"The Republic of Ireland manager, Brian Kerr, has been very dismissive of Lee's chances at international level - maybe because he plays his football in Division Three," reveals Sanchez.

"But I'm very interested in Lee. I see him as a natural goalscorer and I'm going to look closely if he qualifies for us.

"There's a lot of politics in Ireland - it could well be that either of Trundle's grandparents were born over the northern borders.

"I see Lee as just what Northern Ireland need right now. I'd like him to talk to me about the possibility of coming to play for us.

"I'm not exactly blessed with proven striking options in my squad. I have a couple of lads from the Irish League, there's another playing in Scotland and there are Paul McVeigh at Norwich and Stuart Elliott at Hull.

"With the greatest respect, Lee has a better chance of making a name with us on the international stage than he has with the Republic of Ireland.

"I'll be speaking to (Swansea boss) Brian Flynn in depth about both players. I'll leave no stone unturned."