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Howe backs McQuoid for recall

Wednesday 14th November 2012 15:34

McQuoid: International aspirations

McQuoid: International aspirations

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes Josh McQuoid can get back into the international reckoning if the Northern Irishman can maintain his form.

The striker, 22, who has five caps to his name, has not featured for his country for more than 14 months but has scored four times in six starts since Howe returned to the south coast.

Howe told the Daily Echo: "I know Michael O'Neill and we spoke regularly when I was at Burnley because we had a few lads involved in the international set up. I know Josh is still in his thoughts.

"It is up to Josh to keep doing the business. I am sure they will have representatives here to watch him and, hopefully, he can impress because I would imagine it is never a closed shop.

"Knowing him, knowing his ability and what he can do, I certainly don't think he should give up on his international career. He is still young and it is all there for him. But he has certainly got to work hard to get back in.

"I am always pleased to see players called up because it is reward for their endeavours. I would certainly want Josh to do that because it would mean he was performing well for us."