WEB EXCLUSIVE: Preston North End’s Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan make their Republic of Ireland debuts

PNE have cultivated a strong Irish contingent this season adding Aiden McGeady and Dundalk pair Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle to their ranks.

All three of those players were called up to the Republic of Ireland squad during the international break.

For Boyle and Horgan, who were in the squad in November, it was a proud moment as they were handed their first international caps.

On representing the Republic of Ireland in their 1-0 loss to Iceland, Boyle said: “It’s a lovely feeling, it’s great to be involved first and foremost and it’s great to get a first cap.

“All the boys want to represent their country and I’m no different, to come on the other night it was a great occasion for myself and my family.

“It probably wasn’t the best of games, the result obviously didn’t go our way but it’s a night I’ll always remember, myself and Daryl.

“To make your debut for your country it’s a great honour.”

Boyle wants to thank League of Ireland fans for his call up and feels their overwhelming support is what resulted in his call up.

“It seemed to go down well enough but it was probably down to the League of Ireland system,” he said.

“The fans of the league were all happy for us to come on and make our full senior international debuts

“The public want to see players come out of the league and do well and I suppose between us we’ve had a lot of appearances in the league, it’s probably down to that as well.”

Trailing 1-0 to Iceland at the time, Boyle was handed his international debut in the 64th minute.

The 24-year-old, despite the result, was happy to get on the pitch.

He discussed the game, saying: “It wasn’t a classic

“I enjoyed it, I thought it went OK and it was nice just to be involved in the whole thing. Hopefully it’s the first of more to come.

“I was kind of told the previous night before that that I’d be involved at some stage so I was ready to go and just looking forward to it more than anything.”


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