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Shocked Daryl Horgan 'absolutely delighted' to get Ireland call

Now Dundalk’s talisman is determined to get in Martin O’Neill’s 23-man squad for the trip to Austria.

 Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan.
Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan.

DARYL HORGAN SAYS he is “absolutely delighted” after being named in the Republic of Ireland senior squad, but is refusing to get carried away.

Martin O’Neill included the Dundalk winger in his provisional squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Austria, which takes place on 12 November, and Horgan, who was recently crowned PFAI Player of the Year, says he was “shocked” by the news.

“It’s a massive honour. I’m absolutely delighted. I’m a bit shocked. I can’t really put it in words but I’m absolutely delighted,” Horgan told RTÉ.

“It’s unbelievable. You’re pinching yourself. I’m very excited and hopefully I can make the 23-man squad and go from there if possible.”

The 24-year-old is currently in Russia with Dundalk preparing for their Europa League clash against Zenit tomorrow night and he is hopeful that he can do enough to earn a place in the final panel.

“Obviously that would be the dream. There is a pretty settled squad there and they have had some very good results already in qualifying,” continued the former Cork City midfielder.

“To go and say I should be guaranteed a spot in the XI would be a bit mad. I think I can affect any game I play in and that would be the aim. That’s probably why Martin O’Neill has picked me.

“I’m not even named in the 23-man squad yet so we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves talking about starting. It’s far too early to talk about that.”

As well as Horgan, Dundalk defender and stand-in captain Andy Boyle has been named in the squad as the pair follow in the footsteps of Lilywhites goalkeeper Gary Rogers.

And Horgan says that he would like to see more League of Ireland players recognised.

“Gary [Rogers] broke into the squad this year but to have two lads named in the 35 is brilliant,” said the Galway native.

“Hopefully we can get more in, in the future, and not just from Dundalk but throughout the league. That would be unbelievable.

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“[Andy Boyle] has been imperious this year and the last few years without really getting the recognition.

“Defenders generally don’t do and maybe it’s the sign of a good defender if you don’t hear his name. I’m delighted for him and hopefully he makes the 23 as well.”

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