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John Egan delighted on Irish international call-up

13 March 2017

Defender seeking first cap for boys in green

John Egan is one step closer to renewing his ties with Martin O’Neil. The Republic of Ireland boss has named him in the provisional 39 man squad to take on Wales and Iceland later this month.

Speaking to Bees PlayerHD about the news, the 24-year-old defender said: “It’s been a dream since I was a kid to play for Ireland and this is the next step towards that. I’m very happy and proud to be in the provisional squad, but there’s a bit of a way to go. It’s a starting point and all the family are happy, it’s good.”

If he makes the final squad, John will be reunited with his first boss in professional football and the summer signing from Gillingham has nothing but praise for him.

“I know what good a manager he is,” said John. “I was with him for a while at Sunderland when I was young and he was really good for me. I spent a lot of time with the First Team when he was there, which was good. I’m just happy that my hard work has been recognised.”

The news comes ahead of a tough match with Wolverhampton Wanderers, who lie just above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.  

“Every team in this league has quality players and Wolves are no different,” said John. “We played them at the start of the season and came away with a defeat so we’ll be looking to put that right. Tuesday night under the lights, which will hopefully suit us, and we’re looking to bounce back from Saturday.”

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