The 33-year-old Norwich midfielder had hinted during recent friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia that this summer’s Euro 2016 finals could well be his international swansong, Hoolhan will be 34 by the time this summer's tournament comes around, and 36 by the next world cup.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has other ideas though, and has urged him to keep going for his country
“I think what happens is maybe after the tournament is over, people start to consider a lot of things. It depends where he is at club level. Those things are very important. At this stage he’d want to be playing more often. There’s a selfishness of course, in that he might be of benefit to us if he stays fresh and things like this but I think Wes would want to play all the time if he could.”
Hoolahan, speaking prior to earning his 36th international cap for Ireland in the midweek friendly against Slovakia in Dublin, reiterated Norwich’s Premier League relegation fight was his priority.
“I haven’t thought about the Euros too much because of the situation we are in at Norwich,” he said. “We have seven massive games to make ourselves safe, and I’m concentrating on that. If I can help us stay up, then I can look forward to the Euros, if I’m picked – and I’m not just saying that. I don’t take anything for granted.
“I will be 34 by the time the Euros are played, which means when the next World Cup comes around I am going to be 36. I will see how the summer goes and probably make a decision then.”