Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick is set to Get his cap for the Republic of Ireland on September 5, Within their Qualifier against Switzerland, live on Sky Sports.
Even the 27-year-old has represented his country at every level since busting at U15 level, scoring two goals in an global career spanning – his past in the win over Gibraltar in March.
Hendrick, who has just played once for the Clarets at the Premier League this season but has started each of the Republic’s opening four qualifiers, stated:”I always say as a child, my dream was to pull on the Ireland jersey and play for my own country.
“All going well, hopefully I can get to 50. It would be brilliant. It’s a big thing to my family and to me.
“To perform almost 50 times for the nation has been brilliant. It’s been tough as well at times – we have experienced any games.
“But I try to recall all of the positives from every game and also the results that we have obtained and there were a few very memorable ones”
The initial Republic of Ireland look of hendrick came as a replacement in a 2-0 friendly victory over Poland in 2013.
When asked if he could remember that game, Hendrick said:”Yes. If I was going to play or put on I didn’t know, and it was excellent to have the game in Dublin. I believe I needed to order 30 tickets for this game.
“But it was good to have my entire family there and find some time on the pitch.”
Republic of Ireland are top of Group D at the race to qualify for Euro 2020, five points ahead of Denmark, having played a game more.
Mick McCarthy’s men face Switzerland and can open a nine-point gap over their opponents.
Hendrick insists Ireland must build on their early momentum, stating:”It’s going to be tough. We have watched them and they are a team that was fantastic. They have good players and they move the ball nicely.
“But they’re coming to play us and we’ve done really well here. We wish to keep that and we would like to play with our match.
“Just as we need to stop their strengths, we need to do exactly what we are good at.”