Stoke City: Marc Wilson tipped for Ireland call
STOKE defender Marc Wilson has been told to expect a call from Ireland in the wake of their sorry showing at Euro 2012.
Wilson has been estranged from the Irish squad after apparent differences with manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
But Stoke's director of football John Rudge reckons a strong showing for City next season, coupled with various retirements from the Irish set-up, will leave Wilson forming the three W's alongside Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters in the squad.
"Trapattoni stayed with those players who got them into the Euros," said Rudge, "but I would think Marc's chances would now open up when it comes to preparing for the next World Cup.
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"They are going to have to re-assess their players, regarding the age of some of them, and they haven't got a massive amount to choose from in the Premier League.
"He's disappointed he's been overlooked and I bet Marc would have loved to have been out there when he was watching Ireland not having the best of tournaments."
Rudge is adamant that the 24-year-old, who last played for Ireland in February last year, is up to the task in a variety of positions.
And only Ryan Shawcross bettered Wilson's record of starting all but three of Stoke's 38 Premier League fixtures last term.
"He is an exceptionally good player for this club," Rudge continued, "and has fitted in at whichever position he's been asked to play.
"He's strong on his left or his right side, which makes him able to adapt to playing left-back.
"He can also play centre-back or centre midfield, so he's a very useful player to have in the squad."
But Rudge concedes there is always a danger that a player like Wilson, who joined from Portsmouth two years ago, could fall into the trap of being a jack of all trades, but master of none.
"I am not sure what will end up being his best position because he is so adaptable.
"But up to now is he has been a good signing for us."