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Darragh hoping for more international action

Defender reflects on his first appearance for Ireland at the weekend

5 June 2018

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Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan couldn't hide his pride at representing his country after earning his first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland.

The 24-year-old replaced John O'Shea - who was appearing for his country for the final time - in the first half, and played for 55 minutes in the Aviva Stadium against the USA on Saturday evening.

And speaking to the Irish Mirror after the game, Lenihan admitted that he will only get better if he continues to earn international honours alongside playing for Rovers in the Championship.

“I was filling some massive boots," he confessed. "If you were a young lad now and offered the career of John O'Shea you'd take it in a heartbeat.

“Being around the camp, I felt more comfortable as it went on and the more I can play with these Premier League players, the better I will become.

"The manager says you need to play at the highest level you can and at the moment for me that's the Championship.

“I always had aspirations to play for my country so I’ll keep working hard and leave no stone unturned," the central defender added.

“It will take a lot to stay in the squad so that's up to the manager. Saturday was my first game so I will do my best for the club and see what happens.”

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