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Connell couldn’t believe Ireland call up

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Luca Connell of Bolton Wanderers during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate on January 25, 2019 in Bristol, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
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The 18-year-old has been called up for the match between Republic of Ireland and Portugal and he explains how he felt.

This has been a good year for Irish midfielder Luca Connell.

The 18-year-old debuted professionally with Bolton Wanderers, where he’s trying to make an impression.

And he has also been called for the Republic of Ireland senior squad that will face Portugal.

“It was only Sunday night the gaffer rang my dad and said he’d be interested, had heard a lot about me, hadn’t seen me live yet, but he’s looking forward to seeing me, so I can’t wait to get on the pitch,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“To be honest, I didn’t know what to do.”

He added: “It’s one of those ones, I was confused and it didn’t really sink in until I was on the plane that I was actually coming over to meet the first-team squad.”

“It’s crazy, it’s surreal to be honest, especially Seamus Coleman.”

“Being from Liverpool and supporting Everton and supporting him through everything, it’s brilliant for me,” he explained.

“I spoke to Seamus last night, he welcomed me in.”

“Being the skipper, that’s part of his job as well, isn’t it? But he’s a lovely, lovely fella. I can’t thank him enough for welcoming me in,” the youngster concluded.