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POLAND TRIP: Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis in action during a pre-season friendly against Cork City in July. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

POLAND TRIP: Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis in action during a pre-season friendly against Cork City in July. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

POLAND TRIP: Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis in action during a pre-season friendly against Cork City in July. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Donegal boy Ronan Curtis is celebrating his call-up to senior Ireland squad for tomorrow's friendly away to Poland.

And the U21 cap has the potential to make progress at senior level, former Ireland U21 international Joe Gallen has claimed.

Striker Ronan Curtis has made a superb start to his career with League One side Portsmouth since a summer move from Derry City.

The London-born, Donegal-raised striker underlined his value to the Irish set-up by scoring an equaliser for the U21 side in their 1-1 draw away to Kosovo.

Drafted

He picked up a booking in that game and is suspended for tomorrow's U21 qualifier at home to Germany, so Martin O'Neill has drafted him in for the senior friendly, Curtis able to play as it's not a competitive game.

Gallen, capped by Ireland at U21 level in the early 1990s, is first team coach at Pompey and he is a big fan of Curtis.

"They (FAI) obviously know about him. If we manage to stay on a good run and Ronan continues to stay in the team who knows how it is going to end. I'm not too sure what their perception of League One is," says Gallen.

"When gauging it, when talking to players in Ireland, they see the Premier League and Championship higher than the League of Ireland.

"I'm not too sure where they see League One.

"They might feel their own league is somewhere but it's not for me to say.

"Overall, I think they will look at the Championship and above But if he continues his form then I'm sure they'll have a look at him."

Curtis scored five goals in 22 games for Derry in the first half of this season.

He hit the ground running at Fratton Park, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win in only his second appearance and Curtis has managed five league goals in six games.


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