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Published: 12:10 | 28/8/16

Randolph ready to deal with 'no games'


Darren Randolph admits West Ham's Europa League exit means “no games” for him ahead of the Republic of Ireland's crucial World Cup qualifiers this year.

Randolph, who was part of the Hammers team that crashed out of the Europa League to Astra Giurgiu on Thursday, says he was hoping for some regular game time in Europe ahead of Ireland's matches against Serbia next month, Georgia and Moldova in October and Austria in November.

Randolph made his first competitive appearance for Ireland in October 2015, coming on as a substitute for Shay Given in the Euro 2016 qualifier win over Germany, and quickly cemented his place as Martin O'Neill's first-choice goalkeeper.

The Bray native is currently understudy to Spanish goalkeeper Adrian at West Ham for Premier League matches, but plays in all the Hammers' cup matches.

The former Birmingham, Charlton and Motherwell goalkeeper featured in six FA Cup ties between January and April last season as West Ham made it through to the quarter-finals, and also played in the Hammers' final three Premier League matches.

The 29-year-old, who signed a new four-year contract with West Ham last month, is likely to play only in EFL Cup matches between now and the end of the year but insists that he will to make the best of his situation at the London Stadium.

"It was a bit of a bad night all round, so on to the next one. For me it means no games, but I dealt with it last year,” Randolph told eirSport.

"It would have been nice to qualify and play more games this year, but it wasn't to be. I'll just have to wait and see when the next one comes around."

Randolph is unsure whether O'Neill will discuss his prospective lack of game time at West Ham when the Ireland squad meets up ahead of Wednesday's international friendly against Oman in Dublin on Wednesday and the World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade on 5 September.

"I don't know. He's the manager and if he wants to speak with me, he can speak with me. That's up to him," he said.

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