Club comes before country for Millwall stopper Forde

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DAVID Forde says his focus will remain on playing for Millwall while he is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland this week.

Forde is in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad for World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands during the forthcoming international break, but he is unlikely to play in either match.

The 32-year-old will be kept on the bench by Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood, who is Ireland's recognised first-choice.

And after forcing his way back into the Lions' first-team last month, Forde says playing regular club football is his number one priority.

"It's always nice to play for your country but Keiren has got the shirt at the moment and has been doing fantastically well for the national side," he said.

"I've just got to bide my time and hope a chance comes a long. The main thing for me at the moment is to be playing for Millwall and being back in the side here.

"Germany are a fantastic side. They are semi-finalists in the World Cup every time, they always qualify and it's a big challenge for us.

"But we're a good underdog, a bit like Millwall, and we always do well against the bigger sides. It's the potentially trick one against Faroe Islands that's a worry."

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