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Hendrick rubbishes boredom talk among international camp

IRELAND newcomer Jeff Hendrick insists that boredom is not a factor for the Irish players as they enter day 10 of an 18-day spell away with the international squad.

Following Sunday's efforts in the 4-0 win at home to Georgia, Giovanni Trapattoni gave his squad a day off yesterday, allowing the players to spend time with their families or at least the opportunity to get away from base camp for a few hours.

Today it was back to work and back to training at their Malahide HQ and for Derby County man Hendrick, who impressed as a sub in his third appearance for the senior team on Sunday, it's all worthwhile.

Most of his Derby County team-mates are currently enjoying the fifth week of their summer holiday, since the end of the Championship season, Hendrick and his fellow Irish Rams – Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon – are still at work, on duty with Ireland.

"We are due back for pre-season with the club on July 1, so it's not much of a break but this is why you are in football, to play games like this, so I have no complaints about having a short holiday," Hendrick told the Herald.

"It is a long time to be away on international duty. We met up in London a week and a half ago, we have the Faroes game on Friday and then the Spain game in the USA. You spend a lot of time hanging around in hotels and it can get a bit boring at times.

"You try and deal with it in your own way, watch TV or whatever. Those of us who have family in Dublin get to see them and spend a bit of time with them. This is what happens with international football, and I have no complaints, I am just delighted to be here. I know you have loads more Irish players who would give their right arm just to be in the Ireland squad.



"We have a good group of lads, we get on well as a group and we are all here for the same reason, to win games with Ireland," added the midfielder.

"I still look forward to seeing the squads when they come out to see if I am included. I am still trying to learn more off the lads. Players like Richard Dunne and Aiden McGeady have been around for years at international level and we can only learn from players like that."

Trapattoni has taken a real shine to the former St Kevin's Boys player, handing him a chance against England last Wednesday and again against Georgia on Sunday, where Hendrick played a part by setting up the fourth goal in that 4-0 win.

"Sunday was a good game to come on, I was delighted for the Derby lads, it was great to see Richard Keogh score and another Derby lad, Conor Sammon, get an assist," he says.

"It was a good game for us, we had a lot of the ball but were able to keep the ball moving and create chances. I enjoyed the part I played in Robbie's second goal, I just played a short pass into Robbie and it came off.

"I don't know if I'll be in the team for Friday's game, there is a chance there as James McCarthy is suspended but we have a lot of players in the squad, a lot of midfielders especially. I have been working hard in training."