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Shane Duffy determined to earn more caps with Republic of Ireland

Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy reaped the rewards of four years’ hard work when he was handed his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Everton defender lined up against Costa Rica in Philadelphia during the early hours of Saturday morning to end a long journey back to international prominence.

Duffy had been promised his first senior cap by then manager Giovanni Trapattoni in an end-of-season friendly against Paraguay back in 2010 when he suffered an horrific training ground injury which left him with a lacerated liver and fighting for his life.

He has spent the time since working his way back, and his industry finally paid off at the PPL Stadium.

Duffy said: “It’s been a long four years. I don’t know, I was just focusing on club football to see if I could get back to where I was, and hopefully this season I have shown that.

“Playing the other night was sort of a reward for four years ago, what happened, so I was

just delighted.

“I am made up to be even in the squad, so to play was a dream. Obviously when you start playing football, you want to play for your country, so I was delighted when it actually came. I thought I did all right in the game, some good things, some bad things.”

 

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