Potential future Irish international Dan Crowley was a second-half substitute in Willem II’s 4-0 defeat to Ajax in Sunday’s Dutch Cup final.
Crowley, who has been one of Willem II’s standout players this season, came off the bench in the 62nd minute but was powerless to stop Ajax as they ran out 4-0 winners.
Willem II were already trailing by 2-0 when Crowley was introduced thanks to goals from Daley Blind and Klass Jan-Huntelaar before the former Real striker got his second and Rasmus Kristensen grabbed a fourth to put the game beyond any doubt.
Irish manager Mick McCarthy was in Amsterdam for the game having outlined a few weeks ago that he would be going to see Crowley in person following the attacking midfielders 11 goals and six assists this season.
Crowley has been capped by Ireland and England at underage level but confirmed in January that he would be switching his allegiances to the Boys in Green.
“I’ve kept in touch with the FAI scout, Mark O’Toole, over the years and he knows I’d love a call-up,” he told the Independent.
“I’ve asked the FAI to process the transfer. I’ll wait for my clearance to come through and would be delighted to be part of the Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 campaign if selected.”
“I had a strong Irish upbringing and spent most of my childhood summers playing sports in Tramore, Co Waterford,” added Crowley.
“Ireland was always the team I supported at international level. I was young at the time but I remember crying my eyes out when Spain won that penalty shoot-out at the 2002 World Cup.
“England is a country I love because I grew up there and my friends live there. I wore a lot of kits as a youngster but never owned an England kit.”
Crowley failed to really make an impression in Sunday’s game in front of McCarthy which is certainly a blow, but still just 21 years of age he could be a tremendous prospect for Ireland in the future.
The attacking midfielder had been considered one of Arsenal’s most promising youngsters before a handful of difficult and unsuccessful loan spells led to him leaving the London club on a free.
Since his departure from England, he has rebuilt his career in Holland with a number of the Eredivisie’s top sides reportedly interested in his talents.