DAVID MEYLER says that his recent taste of international football under Giovanni Trapattoni (below) has made him more determined to become a regular in the Ireland shirt, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.
The Cork lad won his third senior cap in the 1-0 defeat to Greece last year and Meyler, like so many of his fellow countrymen, hopes to impress in next month's friendly at home to Poland so he can stake a claim for the first big test of 2013, the World Cup tie away to Sweden in March.
"Now that I am playing regularly with the club I want to establish myself as an Irish international and play in every game. Playing in the World Cup or European Championships with your country, that's what every lad should dream of doing and that's what I want to do," Meyler told the Evening Herald.
"These are the games you want to be involved in, the challenge of going to Sweden and putting on a performance. I know we'll have great support in Sweden in March and if we are serious about qualifying we need to go to places like that and get results.
"Playing for your country is every boy's dream. When I was first called into the squad I just knew that I wanted to be part of it. I didn't want to be one of those players who comes in, gets one or two caps and is never heard of again, that's not what I am about," added Meyler, who made his senior debut against Oman in September.
"Since I have been involved with Ireland it's been brilliant. Just to train with the likes of Robbie Keane and John O'Shea has been great for me.
"Now that I have made that step into the squad I have to stay there."