Bruce, 30, was first called up in October 2012 having switched his allegiance from the Republic of Ireland, who had capped him twice in friendlies. But in the intervening two years he has only managed to match that appearance record – starting in non-competitive matches against Malta and Cyprus. His preferred position in central defence represents Northern Ireland’s strongest suit – populated by the likes of Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley, Aaron Hughes, Craig Cathcart and Chris Baird, as well as emerging talents like Manchester United’s Paddy McNair and Doncaster’s Luke McCullough. While they travel to Romania this week attempting to make it four wins from four in Euro 2016 qualifying, Bruce is at home nursing a hamstring injury. He accepts it will be no easy task forcing his way back into manager Michael O’Neill’s plans but is ready for the challenge. “It’s not been an easy one for me but I feel I’ve got something to offer,” he told Press Association Sport. “You always want to play at the highest level possible and international football is that for me. “I didn’t play a lot for Hull early in the season so it was hard but I came back in against Liverpool and showed what I can do, so hopefully I can get back in the team and keep doing well. “I want to be back in the squad, especially with the lads doing so well, but at the same time I think Michael knows that at my age he doesn’t need to be taking me all over if he doesn’t think he’ll use me. “But there’s a European Championship in 2016 and there’s a chance of getting there. It’s a short career and that kind of chance doesn’t come along often so I’d love to be involved in helping get there.” Hull defender Alex Bruce has not given up on his Northern Ireland career. Bruce was last called up ahead of the Group F opener in Hungary but did not make the journey to Budapest due to the imminent arrival of his second child. “I was in the squad for the Hungary match in September and trained with the lads down at Arsenal but obviously Michael knew the situation with my wife going into labour and he was honest enough to say I wasn’t going to be starting so we made the sensible decision and I didn’t travel,” he added. “I wasn’t in the squad for the double header (against the Faroes and Greece) then, which is a shame, but they’ve not done too bad without me so it’s hard to complain. “I haven’t spoken to Michael recently but I know he’s had me watched quite a few times at Hull, so I’ll just keep trying to do my best here and fingers crossed I’ll hear something soon.” With hopes increasingly high that O’Neill can guide the side to a first ever European Championship, and first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup, Bruce’s versatility may yet be in his favour should the manager need adaptable players in his final squad. “I’ve not had a chance to play in central defence for Northern Ireland yet, which is my best position, but I’ve played a couple of times in midfield and I still think I can do a job there if needed,” he added. Press Association
The game finished 1-10 apiece at the Athletic Grounds after regulation time. It finished 2-17 to 2-12 in favour of the Armagh outfit, who win the title for an 11th time.
Mayor Ian McGarvey and County Manager Seamus Neely sign up for the North West 10K.The Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ian McGarvey and the County Manager Seamus Neely were the first two people to register for the North West 10k during Monday’s Council meeting in Lifford.But they certainly won’t be the last!In fact, organisers are estimating than more than 2,000 people will be taking to the roads of Letterkenny for the popular annual fun run/walk. Donegal Daily is once again sponsoring the event along with Brian McCormick Sports.But anyone looking for the cool running t-shirts which come free with entry are advised to sign up because they are going quickly!With huge crowds expected for the North West 10k the committee is encouraging as many people as possible to pre-enter at Letterkenny Community Centre. A Portacabin office will be open beside the Centre from 5 to 7pm tonight, Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd while it will be 3 – 6pm on Saturday afternoon.Sponsorship cards are still available from the Letterkenny Chamber to support the two main benefiting charities the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Committee. A number of other associated charities will also benefit by their association with the North West 10k. The Chamber office is located at Grand Central Complex, Canal Road opposite the Retail Park (tel number 9124866.A traffic management plan will be in place on the day. There will be some disruption to traffic for a period in the afternoon so motorists and the general public are asked to be patient and cooperate with the instructions of the Gardai and stewards. For further details go to www.northwest10k.com COUNTDOWN CONTINUES AS ORGANISERS EXPECT HUGE CROWD FOR NORTH WEST 10K was last modified: May 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyNorth West 10k