Ireland's Jayson Molumby has said it is an 'unbelievable feeling' to play for the Boys in Green ahead of the double EURO 2024 games against Greece and Gibraltar.
This week, Molumby was one of the 25 players selected by manager Stephen Kenny for the June double-header. Molumby, who was crowned the West Brom Supporters' Player of the Season this year, has finally managed to forge a senior Ireland career for himself
The 23-year-old has 19 caps for Ireland and was one of Ireland's standout players in the 1-0 loss to France in March.
This week, Molumby sat down with FAITV to discuss his Ireland career and the two games against Greece and Gibraltar.
Molumby has played for Ireland since U15s level, but according to him, it's not always been plain sailing.
"Playing for my country is massive, and I'll be honest, there are a few caps in there I wasn't good enough, and I probably learned a few hard lessons," said the West Brom player. "It was tough at the start adapting to international football, but I'm now playing for my country and enjoying the moment. It's an unbelievable feeling."
Ireland manager Kenny also spoke about "a big away victory" against Greece this week.
Ireland needs to kickstart their Group B campaign with a win against Greece in Athens on June 11 after losing to France
Molumby admitted that it will be a "hot atmosphere" when the sides meet this month and also claimed Ireland will be ready. "We are all looking forward to it. We know what it's going to be like. It's going to be a hot atmosphere. I think their fans are very good as well, and they'll back their team, but we also have great travelling support; we always do."
"We are going there hopefully to win and get six points from the next two games, and that puts us in a good position for the next camps."
Republic of Ireland Squad - Greece & GibraltarGoalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Southampton), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth)
Defenders: Matt Doherty (Atlético Madrid), Mark Sykes (Bristol City), Callum O'Dowda (Cardiff City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Nathan Collins (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Middlesbrough), Liam Scales (Celtic).
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion), Jeff Hendrick (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Jason Knight (Derby County), Jamie McGrath (Wigan Athletic), Jack Taylor (Peterborough United).
Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Michael Obafemi (Burnley), Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Mikey Johnston (Vitória de Guimarães, on loan from Celtic).UEFA EURO 2024 - Fixtures 16/06 - Greece v Ireland, OPAP Arena, 7.45pm (21.45pm local time) 19/06 - Ireland v Gibraltar, Aviva Stadium, 7.45pm