Wale is among a group of former England and England-based players who are among those calling for an Irish Republic team to be made up of the best players available.
In an exclusive interview with The Sport Book published on Wednesday, the 28-year-old said he would like to represent the Republic at the World Cup but was “not in the mood” to do so.
Wale, who played for Southampton from 2007 to 2016 and scored the winner in the Republic’s 1-0 friendly win over the hosts in February, said that while he would have liked to have played for England, he had a “good life” in England.
“I think there are a lot of England-born players out there that could make the team.
But I would have loved to play,” he said.”
There’s a lot more England players out in Ireland now.
The best players out on the pitch.””
I was really fortunate to play under two great coaches, [John] Terry and [Paul] Clement.
Both of them have brought a level of success for Ireland.”
Asked if he was disappointed that the England players were not making the Republic squad, Wales replied: “Not at all.
They are a great team.
I have a lot to learn from them.””
We’re a big, big team.
It’s an international game.
It would have been great to play.
But they are a good team and it’s a great game.”
Wales said that he had enjoyed working with Terry and Clement during his time at Southampton, adding that he did not want to miss out on any opportunities to make the squad.
“It’s great to be back at Southampton and working with them, working on my game,” he added.
“They’ve been great.
They know what it’s like to have a fantastic manager in a big stadium like St Mary’s.”
Asked whether he would be interested in representing Ireland at next month’s World Cup, Waley added: “I have a few offers coming my way.”
When I think of the opportunity, I want to play in the World Cups and hopefully I can do that.
“If I do, then it’s great, I’ve got a lot in the pipeline.”