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'This time last year I didn't start with Cork!' - Brian Lenihan on his dream Ireland call-up

Highly-rated U21 defender trained with the senior squad for the first time today.

Image: Steve Langan/Inpho

A STUNNED BRIAN Lenihan has described his senior Ireland call-up as “unbelievable.”

The Cork youngster arrived in Malahide last night and trained today as preparations continue for the games against Gibraltar and Germany.

“It has been crazy to be honest,” Lenihan told FAI TV.

“This time last year I didn’t start with Cork City!”

Glowingly dubbed ‘the new Seamus Coleman’ by fans, the promising 20-year-old was courted by several English clubs before he sealed a £200,000 move from Cork City to Hull this summer.

He has only played one reserve game since, but with Coleman out through injury, Martin O’Neill wanted another option on the right side of defence.

Lenihan can call on the familiar faces of Hull team-mates Robbie Brady, David Meyler and Stephen Quinn as he settles in this week.

And whether he makes his senior debut or not, he’s determined to get the most out of the experience.

“I’ve played with the U15s, U19s, U21s so I’m kind of used to an international setup,”

“Obviously this will be completely different and a new challenge so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I just want to do as well as I can myself and anything else is a bonus.”

Source: Football Association of Ireland/Vimeo

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