Monday 20 August 2018

Preston star Callum Robinson confirms he wants to play for Ireland

Preston North End's Callum Robinson celebrates
Preston North End's Callum Robinson celebrates

Preston North End's Callum Robinson has declared his interest in playing for Ireland.

The Championship side already have four players in Martin O'Neill's latest squad (Alan Browne, Sean Maguire, Greg Cunningham, Daryl Horgan) and now Robinson, a forward who can also play out wide, wants to make that five.

The FAI have been monitoring the former England underage international for over a year now and he is plausible option for Martin O'Neill, who named just three strikers in his squad to face Turkey later this month.

"I'm not saying that they are going to pick me but I'd like to put it out there that I'm available and looking ahead to the future," Robinson told The42.

English born Robinson qualifies for Ireland through his grandmother who hailed from Monaghan and he admits having Irish lads around him and seeing the emotion in Ireland fans has influenced his come-and-get-me plea.

"I played with the likes of Derrick Williams and Enda Stevens, who've just got called up to the Ireland squad, Ciaran Clark, Graham Burke and Mikey Drennan at Villa," added Robinson.

"I was gutted when Ireland didn't get through to the World Cup but I remember seeing supporters in tears and I was just like 'That's what it's about'. I haven't played for Ireland so don't know the feeling but when I saw that and I heard the fans, it was amazing.

"You can see what it means to the players, especially James McClean, and the fans help with that. Even when they're defending you can see it in the likes of Cizza (Ciaran Clark).

"I am often there Snapchatting Greg saying 'Oh my God, what an atmosphere'."

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