Josh Cullen: ‘As soon as I Dedicated To Eire I Was Totally Dedicated’
Josh Cullen has been known as into the Eire squad for Mick McCarthy’s huge return towards Georgia and Gibraltar.
The West Ham academy product, at present on mortgage at Charlton Athletic has beforehand captained Eire at U21 degree regardless of being born in England.
Nonetheless, in contrast to one other high-profile West Ham academy product who plied his commerce with Eire earlier than defecting to England, Cullen has chosen to stay with the ‘Boys in Inexperienced’ telling reporters on Tuesday that after he dedicated to Eire he was totally dedicated.
“I performed Below-16s for England, one look, after which I performed Below-19s European qualifiers for Eire after which captained the 21s and made numerous appearances for the 21s,” Cullen stated on the FAI HQ in Abbottstown.
“As quickly as I dedicated myself to Eire, I used to be totally dedicated. That is what I’ve dreamt of, being a part of the senior squad and I’m over the moon and actually proud to be right here.”
Harm to Alan Browne compelled his withdrawal from the squad, leaving the door open for Cullen to be known as in regardless of not being named in McCarthy’s 38-man provisional squad.
It was a call that got here as a shock to followers, media and Cullen himself.
“It got here as a shock. I noticed the provisional squad and I wasn’t named in it,” the 22-year-old stated.
“After which Friday morning, earlier than we had been as a result of meet up on Sunday, (Charlton supervisor) Lee Bowyer known as me into the boot room earlier than we had been about to coach and requested, ‘Have you ever heard the excellent news? Mick McCarthy’s simply been on the telephone and he’s going to name you into the squad’.
“So, clearly I used to be buzzing with the information and actually joyful to be known as up for the primary time to the senior staff for my nation. It was good information.”