Blackburn Rovers man hoping to get Ireland nod

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Blackburn Rovers centre-back Shane Duffy has admitted he is desperate to be finally given a chance for the Republic of Ireland in the near future.

The 23-year-old only has one senior cap to his name after he played against Costa Rica back in June 2014 in a friendly before the World Cup in Brazil.

Duffy has been a formidable part of the Rovers defence throughout the current campaign, playing alongside Grant Hanley on a regular basis.

They have kept a clean sheet in half of their last 10 games and Hanley’s performances have been rewarded by a place in the Scotland team.

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has taken note of Duffy’s displays this term and once again called him up for his provisional 39-man squad for the play-off clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The two teams will meet on Friday November 13 in Zenica before returning to Ireland three days later as they both go in search of a place in next summer’s European Championships in France and Duffy is eager to impress.

“It’s always nice to play for your country,” Duffy told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“I’m just focusing on Blackburn really, it’s all I can do, and if he likes me he likes me.

“I can’t really think about it too much but if I get the call I would be delighted, but it’s a long way away and I’ve got some big games with Blackburn in the next few weeks so I’m looking forward to them.”

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