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McCarey: I thought call was wind-up

AARON McCAREY thought that his call-up to the Ireland senior squad for tomorrow's game against Spain in the USA was a wind-up.

The U-21 cap received a late summons on Friday to hook up with the senior squad for their flight to New York, as back-up after Keiren Westwood withdrew from the panel.



Yet to play a first-team game for Wolves, the Monaghan man will now be on the bench for Ireland against the world and European champions.

"I couldn't believe it at first when I got the call and it was one of those where I thought it might have been a wind-up at first," he said.

"But it's obviously great news and I am really looking forward to it.

"I was back home and had planned to go and watch one of my mates play Gaelic football but instead everything is changed and for all the right reasons.

"It is a dream come true for any player to play for their country and I'm one step closer now I'm in the squad.

"I think I had a decent game for the U21s last week and maybe word of that got back.

"It will just be great to meet up with the squad and nice to know that they are looking at me and I've got a chance to be involved with the senior squad.



"I'll just join up and make sure I do the best I can in training and try to impress.

"It's one of those situations where if I can do well then there might be another opportunity coming along in the future."