Folan began his career with home-town club Leeds United in 2001 as a trainee but following loan spells at Rushden and Hull City, eventually moved to Chesterfield on a free-transfer in February 2003.
His form at Saltergate, which included a winner against West Ham in the League Cup, prompted Wigan to spend £500,000 to bring him into the Premier League, but he swiftly moved onto Hull and played a part in their promotion to the top flight in May 2008.
His international career began in October 2008, making his debut against Cyprus as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier under boss Giovanni Trapattoni.
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