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Ireland slams door shut on international return

September 3, 2009
By Gareth Maher
The debate is finally over. No more need for fans to ask when he might come back, or for journalists to write endless column inches suggesting that he could still change his mind. No, the chances of Stephen Ireland playing for his country again in the near future are dead.

After a lengthy pursuit by manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his backroom staff, the Manchester City midfielder opted not to be seduced by their advances and chose to remain wrapped up in his self-imposed international ...

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