Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick is set to Get his 50th cap for the Republic of Ireland on September 5, in their Qualifier against Switzerland, live on Sky Sports.
The 27-year-old has represented his state at each level since breaking at U15 level, scoring two senior aims in an international career spanning six decades – his last in the 1-0 triumph over Gibraltar in March.
Hendrick, who has only played for the Clarets at the Premier League this season but has started each of the Republic’s launching four qualifiers, stated:”I always say as a child, my dream was to pull on the Ireland jersey and play to my own country.
“All going well, hopefully I can get to 50. It would be fantastic. It is a big issue to me and for my family.
“To play almost 50 times for your country has been brilliant. It has been tough as well – we’ve experienced any games.
“However, I try to recall all of the positives from each game and the results that we have got and there have been some very memorable ones.”
Hendrick Republic of Ireland look came as a substitute in a 2-0 friendly victory.
When asked if he can keep in mind that game, Hendrick stated:”Yes. Whether I was going to perform or get on I didn’t know, and it was brilliant to have the game in Dublin. I believe I had to purchase 30 tickets for that match.
“But it was good to have all my family there and get a time in the pitch.”
Republic of Ireland are high in Group D in the race to qualify five points ahead of second-placed Denmark, who played a game more.
Mick McCarthy’s men face third-placed Switzerland on Thursday and may open a nine-point gap above their competitors with victory.
Hendrick insists Ireland needs to build on their early momentum, stating:”It is going to be difficult. We’ve watched them and they are a good team. They have good players and the ball move well.
“But they’re coming here to play with us and we’ve done really well here. We would like to keep that and we would like to play our match.
“As much as we need to prevent their strengthswe will need to do exactly what we are good at.”