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A dream come true for defender Darragh

Lenihan says he'd be thrilled to pull on the green shirt against Turkey tonight

23 March 2018

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It could be a case of Turkish delight for Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan this evening - if he's selected for his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland.

Joining team-mate Derrick Williams in the squad for the first time, the pair could appear for the first time in the green shirt in Antalya.

The duo will hope to play a part in Martin O'Neill's side for their game against Turkey this evening and Darragh admits it has always been a dream of his to represent his country at senior level.

“It was a welcome surprise to be honest. I didn’t expect to get called up but that comes on the back of club form and I just want to keep getting better and better for Blackburn," the Dunboyne-born defender said when discussing his call up to the squad. "If I do well for Rovers then the international call ups will take care of themselves.
 
“It would be huge to run out there. It’s been a dream of mine to play for my country since I was a child. Fingers crossed it does come about, but if it doesn’t then I’ll keep my focus on Blackburn from now until the end of the season."
 
It marks a real turnaround in fortunes for Lenihan, who has had a frustrating season due to an injury picked up at Southend United on the opening day of the season.
 
A broken metatarsal ruled the 24-year-old out of action for six months before he marked his return off the bench at Portsmouth in February and claimed the assist for Adam Armstrong's winner.
 
And since his return to the first team, Rovers have garnered an extremely impressive 16 points from a possible 18.
 
“Football can change so quickly for both good and bad," Darragh added. "You have to take it as it comes and keep doing your best. It’s going to be an important next few weeks and months of the season for me for both club and country."

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