Could Man City star Liam Delap be in line to represent Ireland?

Could Man City star Liam Delap be in line to represent Ireland?

IRISH FANS will have strange memories when it comes to Rory Delap.

Yes he had his moments when he pulled on the green jersey, but it is undeniable that his best efforts came when he was playing for Stoke in the Premier League.

While he may mostly be remembered for his incredible long throw ins, Delap could play with the ball at his feet too, which Stoke fans will be quick to remind you of.

And while Delap had a Premier League career to remember, his son Liam could be in line to outdo it all.

Liam Delap is one of Manchester City's most highly rated youngsters, and he has even gotten a couple of games (and a goal) under his belt for the senior side, who are currently one of the best teams in the world, and about to win the Premier League.

City's youth team sides have produced some top class players recently (Sancho and Foden just are just two examples), so the fact that Delap is shining among players of that ilk just says it all.

And surprisingly, Stephen Kenny seems strangely optimistic about him potentially declaring for Ireland.

Speaking recently the Irish manager said: "I don't like discussing individual cases with players, but yeah we are (in contact). It is somebody we are very aware of.

"Going back a few years Colin O'Brien with the U17s indicated some interest and up to recently Jim Crawford's U21s.

"Liam has a proud tradition in that his dad Rory represented Ireland with great distinction. He is a good prospect, but he is part of the England setup at the moment and we have to respect that."

Certainly one to keep an eye on...

Liam Delap's grandfather and three great-uncles are from Donegal.