Martin O'Neill wants Liverpool's Jon Flanagan for Ireland

He has been capped at U21 level

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will try to convince Liverpool full back John Flanagan to play for the Boys in Green according to the Daily Star.

The 20-year-old England under-21 player qualifies through his grandparents.

Predominantly a right-back, he made his Liverpool debut in 2011 under Kenny Daglish and was named Young Player of the Year at the club.

But after two seasons with limited appearances, Flanagan made his first start for 18 months in the 2 - 0 defeat to Arsenal.

He also played the full 90 minutes against Everton in last Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard praised his performance in that match, going to say:

“He reminds me of Carragher in a lot of ways. I don't think you would judge Jon in terms of ability or skill, but he is all about heart, desire, determination and fighting for the cause."

Flanagan was rumoured to be close to a switch to Ireland in 2012 but nothing materialized.

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