Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick is set to Get his 50th cap for the Republic of Ireland on September 5, in their European Qualifier from Switzerland, live on Sky Sports.
The 27-year-old has represented his country at every level since breaking at U15 level, scoring two mature goals in an global career spanning – his last in the triumph over Gibraltar in March.
Hendrick, who’s only played for the Clarets at the Premier League this year but has started each of the Republic’s launching four qualifiers, stated:“I always mention as a child, my dream was supposed to pull on the Ireland jersey and play to my own state.
„All going well, hopefully I can get to 50. It’d be fantastic. It’s a significant thing to me and to my family.
„To play almost 50 times for your nation has been brilliant. It has been tough as well – we’ve experienced some not-so-good games.
„However, I try to remember all of the advantages from every game and also the results that we have obtained and there are a few very memorable ones“
The first Republic of Ireland appearance of hendrick came as a substitute in a victory over Poland in 2013.
When asked when he can keep in mind that match, Hendrick said:“Yes. I didn’t know whether I was planning to play or put on, and it was excellent to have the game in Dublin. I believe I needed to purchase 30 tickets for this match.
„But it was great to have all my family there and find a time in the pitch“
Republic of Ireland are top of Group D at the race to qualify five points ahead of second-placed Denmark, having played.
Mick McCarthy’s men can open a gap above their competitors up with success and confront third-placed Switzerland.
Hendrick insists Ireland must build on their first momentum, saying:“It’s definitely going to be difficult. We’ve watched them and they’re a good team. They have good players and the ball move well.
„But they are coming here to play us and we have done very well here. We want to keep that and we want to play with our game.
„As much as we need to discontinue their strengths, we will need to do what we’re good at.“
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