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5 September 2016

Ireland face Serbia on Monday night

WES Hoolahan is still dedicated to combining his club duties at Norwich City with Republic of Ireland assignments as their 2018 World Cup qualifying schedule kicks off on Monday.

The 34-year-old is with Martin O'Neill's squad in Belgrade for the launch of Ireland's Group D campaign against Serbia (7.45pm).

Hoolahan, who starred alongside City teammate Robbie Brady when Ireland reached the last 16 at Euro 2016, says he remains happy to be available for international selection.

"I haven't really said anything about my future internationally," he said. "I will just continue my form at Norwich and if I get picked I would always want to play for my country.

"To play on the biggest stage of all and do well as a team and individually, and Robbie as well, was a great experience for us and gave us so much confidence."

Hoolahan agreed a new contract with the Canaries last month, extending his stay at Carrow Road until at least 2018.

He says he was touched by the support City fans gave himself and Brady during the summer tournament, when the pair contributed all three of Ireland's goals.

"We didn’t realise that the Norwich City fans were becoming Ireland fans as well for the tournament, but it was great to have that," he added.

"When we got home and the plane landed it was nice to see all the fans and the support we got.

"You don’t realise how big it is. You get your mates showing you some pictures outside the pubs and the stadiums and things like that cheering us on and they all really enjoyed themselves."

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