Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick is set to receive his 50th cap for the Republic of Ireland on September 5, live on Sky Sports.
The 27-year-old has represented his state at every level since breaking in U15 level, scoring two aims in an international career spanning – his past in the triumph over Gibraltar in March.
Hendrick, who’s only played once for the Clarets at the Premier League this year but has started each of the Republic’s launching four qualifiers, stated:”I always say as a kid, my fantasy was to pull the Ireland jersey and play to my country.
“All going well, hopefully I can get to 50. It would be brilliant. It’s a significant issue to my family and to me.
“To perform almost 50 times for the nation was brilliant. It’s been tough as well occasionally – we have experienced any not-so-good games.
“But I try to remember all of the positives from every game and the outcomes that we’ve obtained and there were a few very memorable ones”
The initial Republic of Ireland appearance of hendrick came as a replacement in a 2-0 friendly victory over Poland in 2013.
When asked if he can remember that game, Hendrick said:”Yes. I didn’t know if I was going to perform or get on, and it was fantastic to have the game in Dublin. I believe I had to order 30 tickets for this game.
“But it was great to have all my loved ones there and get some time in the pitch”
Republic of Ireland are top of Group D in the race to qualify five points having played a game more.
Mick McCarthy’s men can open up a nine-point gap over their opponents with victory and face Switzerland on Thursday.
Hendrick insists Ireland should build on their historical momentum, stating:”It’s definitely going to be tough. We have watched them and they are a team that was good. They have good players and they move the ball .
“But they’re coming to play with us and we’ve done very well here. We wish to keep that going and we want to play with our game.
“As much as we will need to prevent their strengths, we will need to do exactly what we’re good at.”
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