Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray does not know what more Keiren Westwood can do for Republic of Ireland nod

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood
Owls keeper Keiren Westwood
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Stuart Gray admits he does not know what more Keiren Westwood can do to earn a regular start for Republic of Ireland.

Westwood has been in excellent form since joining the Owls in the summer but his performances for Wednesday have not been enough to see him move ahead of Millwall keeper David Forde in the plans of Martin O’Neill.

And Gray was one of those left scratching his head when Westwood was left on the bench for Ireland’s games with Gibraltar and Germany last week.

“He can’t do any more than what he is doing for us,” Gray told the Star. “The only thing I can think of is sending him up for a corner in the last minute and him heading one in.”

“We’re delighted with his form and he’s justified my reasons for bringing him in with his performances.

“It’s the quality he’s got, not just his shot-stopping but his overall command of his back four and the 18 yard box.

“His kicking is outstanding and he can get us up the field pretty quickly on the counter with the accuracy of his kicks.

“I was disappointed for him that he didn’t get a game but he’s just got to keep doing what he’s doing.

“I don’t think it’ll be long before Keiren is in.”