BRIAN Lenihan feels he can cope with the pressure of his elevation to the senior Ireland squad after only a short spell with the U21s.
Less than two months after he was in the Cork City side, Hull City man Lenihan is this week in Dublin with the senior Ireland squad, called in as defensive cover due to the enforced absence of right back Seamus Coleman.
The 20-year-old says he was as surprised as anyone to get the nod from Martin O'Neill but he hopes he won't be overawed.
"I'm not sure really what this week will be like as it was a big surprise to be called-up, but I'm really looking forward to it," he says.
"I played with the U15s, U19s and U21s so I'm kind of used to the international setup but this will be completely different, a new challenge but really looking forward to it. I am not really sure what to expect but I want to do as well as I can myself and anything else is a bonus, who knows what can happen," added the Hull player, laughing off comparisons with Everton star Coleman.
"To be compared to the best right back in the Premier League is really good but I have a long way to go and just I suppose, I like to get forward and be an attacking player so maybe that's why they said that. I'm not too sure if there are any other similarities," says Lenihan, still amazed at his progress this year.
"It's been crazy to be honest as this time last year I didn't start for Cork City so then I went back to pre-season in January with the hope of doing well and getting into the team there, lucky enough I did."