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Lee Out to Win Place
Lee Out to Win Place
Tuesday, 23rd May 2006 11:01

Striker Alan Lee says he wants to make the Republic of Ireland number nine shirt his own. Lee looks likely to miss Wednesday's friendly with Chile in Dublin due to his hamstring injury, but is targeting a regular place in Steve Staunton's side.

Lee said: "I look at the centre forward position and there is no other 'big lump' so to speak. I have got my eye on that situation and, hopefully, the manager has as well.

"What I would like most is to be 100 per cent. For the last year or so I have not really been myself.

"I have struggled with my groins, I had a hernia operation and I wasn't playing well at Cardiff. I didn't have my confidence, I didn't feel I was as fast and that worried me.

"Things seemed to clear up in Cardiff and I was playing better, but I wasn't in the team. But I went to Ipswich and that was fine. I was back to my old self.

"I would love an opportunity, when I am in that zone, to play and show what I can do. I would love to be able to play and be involved when I am in top form.

"And if that isn't good enough then I will hold my hands up and say 'that's fair enough' because there are exceptionally talented lads ahead of me."


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