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Sunday 21 October 2018

Cullen's keen to make cut

Josh Cullen
Josh Cullen

Ireland U21 star Josh Cullen says he hopes to prove that he is good enough to play more games at Premier League level for West Ham.

The talented midfielder has already made his mark at international level as he was just named as Ireland's U21 player of the year, and the Dublin crowd will get a chance to see Cullen in action tomorrow night when Noel King's team play Iceland in a friendly in Tallaght Stadium, a warm-up for Tuesday's Euro qualifier against Azerbaijan.

Despite successes at U17 and U19 levels, Ireland have never qualified for a finals at U21 level and Cullen hopes this group have the potential to challenge. "It's been mentioned that we've never qualified at U21 level, but the past is the past and we can only affect what's happening now. It's in our hands and we've put ourselves in a decent position," says Cullen.

He made three appearances, all in the FA Cup, for West Ham since January after a loan spell with Bolton and Premier League football is the aim.

"I'm confident in my own ability. If the manager said you're starting this weekend, I'd have no problem doing it and be confident of doing a good job," Cullen says.

"That's the manager's decision, only he could answer that question. All I can do is train every day, stay sharp and fit to make sure I'm ready to take the chance."

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