Robbie Brady was delighted to score and provide two assists on his Republic of Ireland debut, helping his country to record a 4-1 friendly win over Oman.
The Manchester United winger, who recently set a new scoring record for the Irish Under-21s, produced an impressive display at Craven Cottage. As well as finding the net himself with a fine individual strike, he also set up goals for Shane Long and Kevin Doyle.
Having sampled a first taste of international football, Brady is now hoping to retain his place in manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad but concedes he may have to seek a loan move away from Old Trafford in order to catch the Italian’s eye.
“I'm delighted with the way it went but I thought I could have done more,” Brady said. “I wasn't disappointed, but I felt I could have done a bit more. Maybe I could have got on the ball a bit more all-round really.
“I've gotten on well with everyone in the squad. Kevin Doyle is a great bloke, he and the rest of the guys are great. They've made me feel part of the group.
“Hopefully I can push on and keep playing (for Ireland), I don't want to come in and doss about. I want to stay playing so I need to be playing as many club games as I can. If that means I need to take a loan move, I will. We'll see what happens. I'd just like to play as much football as I can.”
Trapattoni, who praised Brady for his impressive debut, did also warn the 20-year-old that he must be playing regular first-team football to make the national team on a regular basis.
“I think Brady played well in the first half,” Trapattoni told reporters. “He scored a goal and I think he can also do better. He might be called up in to the squad for the next match but he would not necessarily be in the team. This is a problem we have, that five or six of our players only usually play 30 minutes or so every week.”
Prior to Tuesday’s friendly, Irish Under-21s manager Noel King paid tribute to Brady, praising the youngster's form and personality, describing the Reds star as “a credit to his family.”