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Monday 23 October 2017

Hendrick: Only my Mam calls me Jeffrey

14 October 2014; Republic of Ireland players Robbie Keane, Jeff Hendrick and Darron Gibson celebrate at the end of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Germany v Republic of Ireland, Veltins Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
14 October 2014; Republic of Ireland players Robbie Keane, Jeff Hendrick and Darron Gibson celebrate at the end of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, Germany v Republic of Ireland, Veltins Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

JEFF Hendrick smiles as he is reminded that, according to the official UEFA teamsheet and the stadium announcer who addresses 51,204 fans in Gelsenkirchen last night, that it was 'Jeffrey Hendrick' who came off the bench for Ireland.

"Only my mam calls me Jeffrey," says the man we all know as Jeff (pictured).

With more displays like his efforts in the Veltins Arena last night, more people will get to know the name of this young footballer whose performance belies his status as a player in England's second division, the Derby man setting up John O'Shea's goal with another of those superb passes which is his stock in trade.

"It's what you dream of, playing for your country against teams like the world champions. You just have to get your head right, you know that you have to work really hard in international games against teams like this so it's great to get the point and get the rewards," Hendrick told The Herald.

BAD RESULTS

"It's not one against one, it's 11 men against 11 and it doesn't matter if you play for Real Madrid or whoever, they are all playing at great clubs but you have to work as a team, not as an individual, if someone is not working he can get found out, Germany have had a couple of bad results now but I am sure they will pick it up now. We have a big game now in November and we can't wait for it."

The Coolock lad was introduced on 53 minutes for the injured Glenn Whelan so he'd been an observer for the first half when Germany owned the ball.

"I thought the lads worked really hard. They limited Germany in terms of clear-cut chances, they fought hard. Even when the goal went in, the heads didn't drop. We just kept going.

"We knew obviously the later the game went on we'd have to take risks, get the ball in the box and try to get an equaliser. Thankfully we did," he says. playing down his own role in John O'Shea's goal.

"It was just great to get onto the end of the ball and put it back into an area, and someone was there.

"We were unlucky not to score just before that when Wes Hoolahan had a chance. I think that gave us a bit of a lift and we just kept going. Obviously it was the last kick of the game, but we don't mind that. We're delighted."

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