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The Red Devils youth is keen to show Giovanni Trapattoni what he has to offer in the friendly against Oman in order to cement his place in the Boys in Green squad

Manchester United winger Robbie Brady has expressed his joy at receiving his first senior international call up for Ireland and said that he is hoping to cement his place in the squad.

The 20-year-old recently broke Ireland's goal-scoring record at under-21 level when he scored a penalty against Hungary, taking his tally to seven goals in total.

“I got a few goals for the under-21s and I think that’s what put my name about. Now, I’m delighted I’m here,” Brady told the Irish Times.

He continued: "I was getting ready for the flight to Italy (with Noel King’s squad) when they told me I’d got called up. Hopefully, come Tuesday, if I get a chance, I’ll be able to show what I’m about.”

Having enjoyed a loan spell at Hull City in the Championship last season, Brady admitted that he was taken by surprise when Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson suggested that he could be deployed at left back and stressed that he prefers a more advanced role.

Indeed, the former St Kevin's Boys youth is set to start on the right side of midfield in the friendly game against Oman according to Giovanni Trapattoni and it is a role which Brady relishes.

"That was a bit out of the blue when I came back for pre-season," he told the Irish Independent. "All the shape we were doing, he (Ferguson) had me playing at left-back and he said he could see me doing a job there for him.

"I was happy enough to play anywhere but I prefer attacking. And in the starting shape here, I was attacking so I'm happy enough with that," said the winger.

Meanwhile, Ireland under-21 manager Noel King has admitted his frustration at the number of withdrawals he has had to contend with during his side's campaign. The Young Boys in Green suffered defeat against Hungary on September 7 and their final group game against Italy today has been reduced to a 'dead rubber'.

"We’ve had four or five withdrawals from every squad and I think most have been genuine," said King.

"It’s hard to take but sometimes players get injured or are wanted by their clubs. That’s the frustrating part of the job but there’s no point moaning about it."

Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland face off against Oman at Craven Cottage on Tuesday September 11. Kick off 19,45 BST.


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