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Friday 18 August 2017

Browne: I know what is required

Alan Browne. Pic: Sportsfile
Alan Browne. Pic: Sportsfile

Ireland debutant Alan Browne says that this week's taste of senior international experience has shown him just how far he needs to go to make the step-up.

The Preston midfielder came off the bench to replace Cyrus Christie for the last 15 minutes of the 3-1 loss to Mexico, a welcome senior cap for the Cork native who only recently turned 22.

"I am obviously disappointed with the defeat, it was a proud moment for me to make my international debut, it's definitely an honour that will stay with me for a long time," said Browne, promoted from the U21 squad.

"It's a long way from the Cork City U19s to this, a long way from home, I was at City but only played U19s, I have come a long way since then and hopefully I have a long way to go.

"I think I have done well so far, I have played a lot of games at club level and hopefully this is the first of many more caps.

Massive

"But even in training I could see a massive step-up from club level, at international level you are playing with the best players in your country, it was going to be a step-up but I think I have adapted well.

"I have settled in now, it's good to come up against sides like Mexico, 16th in the world, it's good to test yourself against the best and hopefully I will have many more opportunities," added Browne.

"it's tough to get into the Ireland midfield, it was a step-up for me to come in but you have the other boys [Glenn Whelan, Robbie Brady] to come in and step it up again, they will make a massive difference to the team."

O'Neill will assess the players at his disposal before picking a panel to face Uruguay tomorrow but Browne has his fingers crossed.

"I'd hope to play a role against Uruguay and Austria, I don't know what the manager's plans will be but if I am called upon I will be ready," Browne added.

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