'I just gave everything for the nation' - Aiden O'Brien hoping he made a statement in Poland draw
Ireland debutant Aiden O'Brien hopes that his goalscoring debut in Wroclaw made a statement about his future intentions in the green jersey.
The Millwall player (pictured)was hailed by Martin O'Neill for a strong showing in a central striking role even though he is often deployed on the left side by his club.
And the 24-year-old was jubilant after a dream start to senior international football.
The London-born striker was in the right place to head home Callum O'Dowda's well-placed second-half cross.
"To get a start I was over the moon and my family were so proud," said O'Brien. "To top it off with a goal ... I'm speechless.
"The manager told us before the game in the hotel. I was relaxed out there, and just gave everything for the nation. Long may it continue.
"I'm here to be counted. One day I want to lead the line for Ireland, whatever game it may be.
"I want to be here for a long time. Hopefully today I made a statement.
"We bounced back today, we were solid."