ROBBIE BRADY HAS been called up to Ireland’s senior squad for the first time ahead of next week’s international friendly.
The Manchester United winger, who became the country’s top scorer at U21 level (with seven goals) after converting from the spot in the defeat to Hungary on Thursday, received the good news last night.
Days after nicking a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan in their opening World Cup qualifier, Giovanni Trapattoni’s side travel to London to take on Oman at Craven Cottage on Tuesday and the Dubliner could earn his first senior cap after impressiving at underage level.
“The manager (Trapattoni) did not just call me last night. Weeks ago he put me on alert that it was a possibility and he continues to do so, which is very good,” explained U21 manager Noel King.
“He rang me again and said he intended to bring Robbie in. He’s obviously conscious of the fact that we can’t qualify for the play-offs now so we’re delighted for Robbie and he goes with the congratulations of the squad.
It’s nice as he follows James McCarthy in from this group. That’s part of this job – bringing players through. It’s a vehicle for bringing players forward. Everybody in our dressing room – players and staff – is delighted for Robbie and James before him.
“We hope that we continue to send players up to the senior squad.”
“Robbie has deserved his call-up. He’s been sensational for us – as the people of Sligo will testify after his previous performances in the campaign. He sets the place alive and some of his play has been outrageous,” added King.
“He still has lots to learn – he’s not the full article and he’d tell you that himself. The players love playing with him. He’s a great personality. He has a good demeanour and a good manner and he’s a credit to his family.
“I’ve nothing but good to say about him and I hope he fulfils his potential. It’s a lot coming at a young age for him but he has big shoulders and I think he’s going to be one of our most exciting players.
“Robbie has the chance to go on and play for Ireland for many years and I hope he does.”
“It’s great that his reaction to the call-up was full of such boyish enthusiasm. We’re all delighted for him.”
The 20-year-old Dubliner, who is primarily a wideman but can play up front and was also deployed at left-back during the Red Devils’ pre-season tour during the summer, spent last season on loan at Championship side Hull City but is hoping to make his mark under Alex Ferguson in the likes of the Capital One Cup.