Maguire eyes Republic chance

Midfielder swaps Utrecht for VVV Venlo

Maguire: Hopes to earn Republic of Ireland call-up at VVV

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Young midfielder Barry Maguire has departed FC Utrecht for VVV Venlo in hopes of earning a call-up to the Republic of Ireland national side.

The Dutch-Irish player arrives at VVV targeting regular first-team action having found playing time limited at Utrecht.

Maguire, who has an Irish father and a Dutch mother, has represented both Ireland and Holland at junior level, playing for the Republic Under-16s and the Netherlands Under-19s.

But the 21-year-old is keen to make his senior debut with Ireland, and hopes he can attract the selectors' attention in Venlo.

He told Voetbal International: "I have a very good feeling about Ireland, and I have had positive meetings with people from Ireland."


Maguire was invited to watch Ireland's game against Russia last season and spoke with coach Giovanni Trapattoni over a potential call-up.

"(Trapattoni) was fantastic, such a big coach," he said. "We talked mainly about the game, but he also stated he would follow me.

"Therefore it is very important to play weekly. I want to reach the Irish team at VVV Venlo."

He added: "Of course this is a smaller club, but the Dutch league is known for its good football.

"Hopefully Ireland will reach the 2012 European Championship and maybe I will be in that squad.

"In football everything happens quickly."