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Thursday 24 August 2017

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DERBY County defender Cyrus Christie says he would be honoured to get a call-up from the Republic of Ireland after Martin O'Neill admitted his interest in the player.

The Rams have had a strong Irish presence in the recent past as Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon were all capped while on the club's books, and now there could be another addition in the form of Christie.

The 22-year-old, who joined Derby from Coventry at the start of this season, qualifies for Ireland through his Dublin-born grandmother and a call-up - and a possible debut against the USA next month - could be on the cards.

"They (Ireland) have been in touch and said they have been watching me since the start of the season," said Christie.

Honour

"It would be an honour to play for the Republic of Ireland but I am just concentrating on what I am doing for Derby.

"Anything else that comes along is a bonus. Somebody spoke to me about the possibility last year while I was at Coventry City but I never heard back."

While Séamus Coleman is established as Ireland's first-choice right back, O'Neill is keen to expand his squad as the lack of options in that position was underlined when the Ireland boss felt he had to play midfielder David Meyler at right back in the recent qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany.

Christie joined Coventry's as a teenager and learned his trade during loan spells with non-league clubs Nuneaton and Hinckley, making his Coventry debut in August 2010 and he played alongside Richard Keogh and Kevin Kilbane for Coventry.

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