Kelly: Duff can carry on with Ireland

Ireland international Stephen Kelly reckons there’s no reason why Damien Duff can’t play his part in the 2014 World Cup campaign which begins next month in Kazakhstan.

Kelly saw his Fulham team-mate open the scoring in the side’s 5-0 thrashing of Norwich at Craven Cottage on Saturday — and then insisted there’s much more in the tank from the 33-year-old.

Said Duff’s fellow Dubliner: “I think Damien can still do the business for club and country. His passion for the game is still there and his energy levels are fantastic.

“He’s hungry and I don’t think fitness will be a problem for him. Playing games won’t be a problem for him, it’s just whether he wants to continue playing [for his country] or not.

“He’s had a long career and it’s just a question of whether he wants to finish on a major tournament.”

Duff earned his 100th cap when he captained the side in the 2-0 defeat by Italy which marked the end of Ireland’s involvement in Euro 2012. Since then, there have been conflicting reports of Duff’s intentions regarding his international future, with Giovanni Trapattoni appearing confident the wing man will be available for selection.


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