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Maguire Looking To Kick On At International Level

21 March 2019

North End striker Sean Maguire is looking to take his game to the next level on the international stage.

Maguire feels he has more to give for the Republic of Ireland and believes he hasn't yet shown what he is capable of for the senior side.

Speaking to the media in Ireland ahead of Saturday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar, the 24-year old said: "I think when I'm playing, when I'm fully fit, my record speaks for itself. But when I have put the Irish jersey on, I don't think I've done myself any justice.

"I've only had one start and a couple of cameos, but when I started this time last year against Turkey, I didn't particularly play well at all and didn't play up to the standards I set myself, but given the opportunity, I think I can bring goals."

And on Saturday's game, he added: "By no means should we underestimate Gibraltar - they won their first game last year in the last campaign, so we will be fully focused to start the campaign with three points."

It's the first time the senior squad have been together since Mick McCarthy returned as the national side's manager, and with the Republic of Ireland's all-time highest goalscorer Robbie Keane as his assistant, Maguire is relishing working with the Ireland legend.

"It was my first time meeting Robbie, coming in on Sunday and he brings that aura with and you want to learn from him straight away." 

"It's just great to be involved with a player of his stature, and I've no doubt that even in the space of these 10 days being involved with Robbie, I'll probably go from strength to strength and kick on as a player." Maguire continued.

"He's a player you want to look up to and everything you want to be. Hopefully in these next couple of games, I can kick on my international career."


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