Friday 22 September 2017

Sammon welcomes Spain challenge

Conor Sammon, left, came off the bench against the Faroe Islands
Conor Sammon, left, came off the bench against the Faroe Islands

Conor Sammon is relishing the chance to test himself against World and European champions Spain in New York.

The 26-year-old Ireland frontman is hoping for a start at Yankee Stadium during the early hours of Wednesday morning, and that could present the intriguing prospect of a battle against Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos.

However, Derby striker Sammon insists he would not be fazed by the task of trying to get the better of a household name, saying: "I'm very keen to go over there and try to get a start. I'd love to test myself against a top, top team like Spain, who could field two or three XIs that would be world-class."

He added: "I'm definitely vying for a starting place. I would love to get the nod up front. I'd fancy my chances against most fellas. I'm keen to get out there and battle with anyone.

"You watch players like that on the television and they are strong boys and good physical battles, so I would love to test myself against someone like that."

Sammon has now made six appearances for his country, the last three of them as a substitute in the most recent fixtures against England, Georgia and the Faroe Islands with manager Giovanni Trapattoni happy to add his brawn to the other weapons in his armoury.

It was he who provided the cross from which skipper Robbie Keane completed his hat-trick in Friday night's 3-0 World Cup qualifier victory over the Faroes.

However, he is yet to open his own goalscoring account, and that is something he is determined to address as quickly as possible.

He said: "Obviously, I'd love to score a goal myself, which is the next target, but to be involved and to help set up a goal like that was another brilliant experience for myself, and one that I will look to carry on being a part of.

"The manager obviously sees something in me and keeps giving me the opportunities to come off the bench and to make an impact. I was delighted to come on and set up Robbie for his hat-trick and be a part of a good result for the team."

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