Date: 28th September 2010 at 4:08pm
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The Republic of Ireland have been in contact with Ciaran Clark over a possible switch of allegiance and Villa have confirmed he is considering the offer.

Clark has represented England at various levels and is in fact the former U20 captain, but FIFA rules allow a player to switch providing they have the appropriate qualifications (usually a granny is enough) and have not played for the full side.

Clark qualifies for this as his grandmother is from Moyle Hill in Milford and Scots born dad studied in Ireland.

Scout Don Givens has watched Clark numerous times but most recently in our recent Carling Cup clash against Blackburn.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail Givens said:

‘He’s one of the people who qualify for Ireland. I’m not sure how he will decide, but he definitely qualifies for us.’

Interesting choice given how well rated Clarkie actually is. He has the potential to work his way into the England camp in my eyes but given how well he bounced back from the torrid game against Newcastle, I could see him partnering the Dunneymonster for the Emerald Isle before the end of the season should he turn that way and Trapattoni was prepared to throw somebody in with relatively little experience at the top level of the game.

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