IT CLEARLY meant the world to the young goalkeeper.
While there weren't many positives to take from the recent international break, one bit of excitement came through the emergence of young Gavin Bazunu.
The Man City keeper stepped in goal for games against Luxembourg and Qatar, and did not put a foot wrong in either game. He may have looked slightly nervous in some situations, but for the most part he looked assured beyond his years.
And not only did his ability excite us, but his attitude seems to be spot on as well.
He posted on Instagram after the games, saying that whenever he is called up to the squad, he will fight for the shirt.
He said: "I’ve dreamt of playing for Ireland for as long as I can remember. Some of the lads that I can now call teammates were once my heroes.
"I thank everyone around me who has helped along the way to get me to this point in my young career. Still a lot to work on and learn from for the future.
"I will work as hard as I can to remain part of this group and will always fight when I’m given the chance to wear the shirt."
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What a man.