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27 May 2013; Republic of Ireland's Stephen Quinn in action during squad training ahead of their International Friendly against England on Wednesday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Watford FC Training Centre, Colney, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

27 May 2013; Republic of Ireland's Stephen Quinn in action during squad training ahead of their International Friendly against England on Wednesday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Watford FC Training Centre, Colney, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

27 May 2013; Republic of Ireland's Stephen Quinn in action during squad training ahead of their International Friendly against England on Wednesday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Watford FC Training Centre, Colney, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

LATE call-up Stephen Quinn is smelling the roses right now and delighted, finally, to understand the advice he was given by his father some years ago.

Called in to replace Anthony Pilkington after a seven-year wait since his last squad appearance and in with a shout of an appearance at Wembley against England, Quinn took time to pay a heartfelt tribute to his parents.

"This call-up after all the hard years of work by my family bringing me to games is great. My parents brought me up so well and they were my inspiration, no one else really.

"When my Dad passed away a few years ago I recalled that he was always the one when I was younger who said to always enjoy my football.

"I never really knew what he meant when he said it and I often wondered how could he say that when there is so much pressure on you playing at the top level.

"But since he has passed away I have come to realise that you have to enjoy your football otherwise the pressure gets too you and you cannot play well.

"So this is for them and for my whole family who are proud of me who kept it going. They are looking at me getting into the Premier League and watching me closely.

"I am just trying to keep this going in memory of my Mam and Dad. I just wanted to make them proud. I just wish they could be here to see this.

"Going up with Hull City was a fantastic experience and now this tops off a great season for me. I could not be happier."

Quinn has ploughed on while others might have given up and settled for a decent Championship career.

"It was disappointing that it did not happen for me in 2007 but this has kept me driven in my career. I did not want to think that this was the total of my international career.

"It's all I ever wanted getting into the squad. Even the chance to show in training that I can step up to international level is great."

"I'm massively proud to be Irish and it's the ultimate honour to play for your country. It would be the highpoint of my career if I did play, especially against England."


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