Newport county striker Padraig Amond has earned himself a call up to Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming round of matches.
Amond has not been capped for his country before and has spent his career in the bottom divisions of English football, playing for Morecambe, Grimsby and Hartlepool United.
This season the 30-year-old has 13 goals for the Exiles, helping them to the mid table area of League Two.
He’s not the only Real EFL striker to earn a call up, with Luton Town’s James Collins also getting a call. he had represented them up to Under 21 level, but was technically still available to play for England.
He’s got 20 goals in League One this season as Luton have climbed to the top of the table.
Both strikers are new to the international scene, with McCarthy currently unable to convince Leeds striker Patrick Bamford to switch to Eire for senior football.
The call ups come as part of the provisional squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers with Georgia and Gibraltar.
What an unbelievable feeling to be called into the senior squad for the first time. By far this is the proudest moment of my career ?? https://t.co/OS28CJlZDo
— Padraig Amond (@padraigamond21) March 7, 2019
Amond has had a decent season in League Two, but he’s not ready for international football.
At 30 he doesn’t represent the future and he ought to enjoy every minute of this call up because it won’t be something he experiences much more.