Clinton Morrison baffled by international snub
CLINTON Morrison admits that his omission from Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland squad has left him baffled.
The Coventry City striker's international colleagues got their World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign underway on Saturday against Georgia and now head to Montenegro on Wednesday night.
But rather than picking up his 37th and 38th cap for the Emerald Isle, Morrison was instead left at home to prepare for Sky Blues' next Championship
The ex-Birmingham striker was included in Trapattoni's first 40-man preliminary squad for a training camp in
Portugal back in May but hasn't received a phonecall from the Italian or his people since.
The Tooting-born hitman found the net 16 times for Crystal Palace last season and has already bagged two League Cup goals for Chris Coleman's men - form that Morrison believes is good enough for a call-up.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on the boys in green this time, Morrison, 29, remains upbeat.
With Ireland hopefuls Keiren Westwood, Jay Tabb, Michael Doyle and Kevin Thornton on the books at Coventry, Morrison knows that Trapattoni and Co will have the Ricoh Arena on their 'grounds to visit' list.
So the self-assured centre forward is aiming to work hard, score goals and make sure Irish eyes are forced to smile in his direction.
"I still hope my international career is alive," admitted Morrison.
"I've been disappointed because even scoring goals last season I still wasn't picked. I don't know what's happening but all I can do is carry on doing well for my club team and the international thing will take care of itself.
"There are a lot of strikers playing in the Championship so if I score more goals than them and still get overlooked then you know that it's something personal.
"I was in his Wrst 40-man squad so obviously I'm there or thereabouts and if I'm doing well for Coventry then it will happen.
"Having Westy, Tabby, Doyle and Thornton here will help because the Irish management will always come and watch.
"But I know I can score goals for Ireland, I've got a good record for them so I'm not giving up, I'm still at a good age where I can still play international football."
Morrison admits to being happy with life back in the West Midlands having previously spent three-and-half years in these parts with Birmingham.
The Londoner hasn't moved his girlfriend and two children up to Coventry, instead preferring to keep his family in the capital while he rents an apartment.
He admits that he enjoys the relaxed way of life in the heart of England and is grateful that he's able to feed his favourite hobby - shopping.
But that's one area where Coventry lets the shopaholic down because he is having to turn to the neighbouring city where he used to ply his trade - and more importantly the home of the Bullring.
"I love shopping," he said. "I've got to sort out my place Wrst but once I've got my feet under the table I'll be back out there. Coventry's not the best for shopping.
"I think I'll have to go into Birmingham to do my shopping
"I like the West Midlands, the three-and-a-half years I had at Birmingham were good times, it didn't work out as well as I would have liked it to but it was a good thing.
2I had a good relationship with the fans, the players and the management. It's a place I like.
"The people in London are a bit more demanding, they come up to you all the time even when you're shopping but in Coventry they just notice you and say hello.
"Coventry's not that far from London, about an hour's drive, so that was a major factor in my decision. I've got two kids and my girlfriend so I didn't want to be miles from them."