Kav speaks about his call up

Last updated : 03 October 2003 By Michael Morris
Lennie Lawrence
"I'm delighted for Kav. It's deserved - and overdue. He is at the peak of his career and I would say he's got a chance of making the team against Switzerland.

"The fact we're now in the First Division and that Kav has been in outstandingly consistent form for us - on current form I think he could play in the Premiership - has meant this call-up."

Graham Kavanagh
"I've been at Cardiff for two-and-a-half years and, for most of that time, I didn't have much of a chance about being involved with Ireland.

"But that's when we were in the Second Division. I said all along that another chance with Ireland could come along if we won promotion. That's happened."

"This one is sweeter because it has been so long in coming. It has been more than four years since my last cap.

"Some people had written off my chances of playing for Ireland. They were looking at me and saying I was 29, not 21 or 22.

"But I believe in my own ability and I always believed I still had an international future.

"I don't know what is going to happen, but in a week's time I could be playing international football again.

"Being named in the squad for the Switzerland match justifies my move to Cardiff. I felt I always had a chance of being called up again and now it has come to fruition.

(Quotes from The Western Mail)