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Danny McNamara determined for Nations League call-up from Stephen Kenny

Millwall fullback Danny McNamara hopes that he has done enough to be considered for Stephen Kenny’s Republic of Ireland UEFA Nations League squad.

Millwall right-back Danny McNamara is determined to win his first Ireland call-up after a strong end to the season with Millwall in the Championship.

McNamara picked up the Millwall Young Player of the Season award earlier this week and was runner-up in their Player of the Season vote.

The defender has played 36 times for the Lions this season and scored his first two goals last month in their 4-1 win over Barnsley.

The former Ireland under-21 international was born in England but qualifies for the Boys in Green through his father’s side of the family.

Danny McNamara

McNamara determined to catch Stephen Kenny’s attention.

Now, following an injury to Matt Doherty, there is a fine opportunity for McNamara to break into the Republic of Ireland squad – even if he will face stiff competition from the likes of Cyrus Christie and Festy Ebosele for a place.

McNamara told Irish Football Fan TV that he felt optimistic ahead of the last squad announcement in March only to be omitted. This time however, his dreams could come true.

“I was working really hard and trying to get into the previous games,” explained the 23-year-old.

“I knew it was going to be tough, a bit too soon maybe but I think these games coming up – I think we’ve got three or four games so listen I’m just trying to work hard every day in training and every game.

“I’m sort of just trying to be the best player, to try and get noticed and to sort of put an idea into Stephen’s head whether he wants to call me up or not.

“But I can only keep doing what I’m doing and that’s that and hopefully that call-up comes very soon.”

Ireland look ahead to Nations League action.

Ireland’s UEFA Nations League fixtures begin on the 4th of June in Armenia before they take on Ukraine at the Aviva Stadium four days later.

Kenny’s side are then faced with a further two challenging fixtures in quick succession as they play Scotland on the 11th of June in Dublin before travelling to Ukraine on the 14th.

Ireland look set to be without key men such as Matt Doherty and Andrew Omobamidele for the fixtures but some good form from Seamus Coleman should alleviate any concerns hanging over the strength of Ireland’s defence.

Burnley centre-half Nathan Collins was today nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award and with young Gavin Bazunu fit to start between the sticks, Kenny and his backroom team should be approaching the games with a decent degree of confidence

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