John Egan knows that it's his form for Brentford that led to his call up to the Ireland squad for the first time.
The 24-year-old could even make his debut for the Boys in Green when they take on Wales on Friday night.
Ireland's first choice defenders Shane Duffy and Ciaran Clark have both been ruled out and, with Paul McShane a doubt, Egan could be lining up at the Aviva Stadium against Gareth Bale and co.
“I’ve played over 30 matches for Brentford, so it’s been a decent season,” Egan said. “I think we probably should be closer to the play-offs, but, personally, I’ve come in and played most of the games.
“One of my big goals after moving to the Championship last summer was breaking into the Ireland squad. I know Martin has been to a few Brentford games, so my performances have got me here.
“I’d known Martin from my time at Sunderland, but you can never really expect the call-up, because you have to work hard for it.
“I’ve to try to earn the respect of the players and the staff with my performances in training. That’s the priority.
“I’m in the door now and I can’t expect too much. It’s a big game to come into, but I’d love to get a few minutes on the pitch.”
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