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"Undefendable" Delap not expecting Ireland call

Stoke hero Rory Delap believes his trademark long throw is "undefendable" but does not expect it to earn him a recall to the Republic of Ireland squad.

Delap, 32, made his international debut a decade ago but has only 11 caps to his name after being forced to withdraw from the set-up on a number of occasions due to persistent injuries.

The versatile midfielder, whose arrowed deliveries from the touchline set up both goals in the Potters' shock 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, has not been called up by his country since a knee complaint forced him to miss out in April 2004.

And while he is enjoying terrorising top-flight defences with his Stoke team-mates, he does not expect the increased publicity to make an impact on Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

"It's been good for my kids, seeing my ugly mug in the papers. I'm not going to get any modelling contracts but you've got to enjoy it," he said.

"I've been asked about Ireland a little bit recently but I don't think so. I'm getting on a bit now. He (Trapattoni) has a young squad now and they're doing well at the moment.

"There have been 'B' internationals and big training squads of 40-odd and I haven't had the call, but never say never."

Reflecting on his latest set-piece masterclass at the Britannia Stadium, man-of-the-match Delap added: "If I throw the perfect ball, with the height and quality of the players in our team, I think it is undefendable.

"It has certainly proved that way in the last couple of games.

"We know what we're doing and it's no surprise. There's no secret to it, everybody knows that we do it but as long as it's working, then great.

"To beat one of the big four makes it that bit more special but we must not get too carried away - we've got to build on this result rather than sit back and take the glory."

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