Saturday 21 April 2018

'It was something I’ve been dreaming of since I started playing' - Maguire on celebrating with Irish fans

Sean Maguire is out of the Denmark games
Sean Maguire is out of the Denmark games
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Preston North End striker Sean Maguire has said that celebrating with Irish fans after the Wales win on Monday was a dream come true for him.

James McClean's second-half volley was enough to secure Ireland a 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff as Martin O'Neill's side advanced to the World Cup play-offs after Scotland drew with Slovenia the day before.

Maguire was an unused substitute in the Wales game, but after making his international debut against Moldova three days earlier, the former Cork forward said that he's now hungry for more games with the national team.

"Getting called up to the senior national team was a dream come true," Maguire told Preston North End's official website.

"It was one step closer to my dream of representing my country and I’m over the moon that it finally happened last Friday against Moldova.

“To soak up that atmosphere and for the crowd to be singing your name throughout the game, to even get on for just 10 or 15 minutes was a dream come true.

Sean Maguire of Republic of Ireland make his way onto the pitch in place of Shane Long during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Sean Maguire of Republic of Ireland make his way onto the pitch in place of Shane Long during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Moldova at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

"The adrenaline is still pumping through my body just thinking about it. Now that I’ve got that first taste of international football I’m just hungry for more.”

Ireland will potentially play Italy, Croatia, Denmark or Switzerland next month with the draw for the four play-off ties held in Zurich on 17 October.

Should Ireland advance from the play-offs, they will enter the draw for the World Cup on 1 December and Maguire said that the Moldovan game had given him the encouragement to aim for a spot with the national side in Russia next summer.

“The Irish crowd gave me a big ovation and I’m thankful for that,” Maguire said. “We’ve made it to the play-offs and hopefully by this time next month I’ll be looking to play at a World Cup.”

“We still have two games to go to make it to the World Cup finals. Even to be part of that squad over the past 10 days was amazing. The Moldova game was a big game, we got through that. A lot of people didn’t expect us to go to Wales and get the three points, which we did.

“It was amazing to even experience that from the bench. Celebrating like that in front of the fans was something I’ve been dreaming of since I started playing football. That’s the first taste of it. Hopefully I kick on from here.”

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