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Browne And Maguire Impress Ireland Boss

24 February 2019

PNE duo Alan Browne and Sean Maguire caught the eye of new Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy on Saturday afternoon ahead of his first squad selection in March.

The pair have been regulars in the squad of late, with Maguire featuring a number of times under previous boss Martin O'Neill.

McCarthy was in attendance at The Den on Saturday afternoon as both players played a key role in North End's 3-1 win over Millwall, with Maguire netting his second goal in three games to complete the scoring.

Speaking to the FAI website after the game, McCarthy praised both players for their performances.

On Maguire, who has hit impressive form since returning from injury, the experienced manager said: “Sean’s movement today was exceptional and his finish for the goal was different class.

"His play as the lone striker was excellent. He got in behind the Millwall defence, he ran the channels and he put in a great shift capped by that finish for the third Preston goal.

"It seemed like the Preston fans were singing about Sean throughout the game and it was easy to see why."

And Alan Browne's goalscoring exploits haven't gone unnoticed, with the midfielder scoring 11 so far this season from midfield, something that has impressed McCarthy.

“Alan Browne did really well for Preston as well. The Preston midfield swamped Millwall and Alan was central to everything they did with another powerful display.

“I like the way he gets forward in support and gets amongst the goals as well. He didn’t get many chances at Millwall but he has 11 goals already this season and I like that that in a central midfielder.”

The pair will be hoping for a call up to McCarthy's squad when it is named on 7th March, ahead of Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. We will have news of any of our players inclusions here on PNE.Com and on social media once the announcement has been made.

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