Sheffield Wednesday's Keiren Westwood eyeing Ireland jersey

Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is keen to return to international action.

The Republic of Ireland stopper has made 16 appearances for his country, claiming the number one spot following the retirement of Shay Given.

However, he made just two appearances for his nation in 2013, losing the starting ‘keepers jersey to Millwall’s David Forde. A lack of consistent club football did not help his cause, as the 29-year old made just 10 appearances for Sunderland last season - at the end of which he was released by the Black Cats.

Whilst many would have thought an international career was over, Westwood quickly agreed a deal with Sheffield Wednesday, and is focused upon regaining his place as Ireland’s starting goalkeeper.

The start of his career at Hillsborough has been remarkably impressive, as eight games in all competitions have yielded five clean sheets, and it was his early season form that warranted a recall into Martin O’Neill’s squad for the friendly with Oman during the international break.

However, illness unfortunately ruled Westwood out of the clash, and delayed the chance for him the win his 17th international cap.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Westwood was happy to be involved in the squad, and is well aware that he must continue his good form to receive further call-ups.

Speaking to the official Owls website, he said: “It was a shame the way things worked out for me but it was great to get away and good to be back in the squad and pushing for a place again.

“Now I’ve got to keep pushing myself and aim to stay in that squad. I have to show what I’ve got and playing well for Wednesday is the best way to do that.

“I think we are doing great and working hard for each other. We have deserved our rewards. When you keep clean sheets it is a good foundation to work from.”

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