Cardiff’s Greg Cunningham has vowed to make the most of his opportunity with the Republic of Ireland after receiving a surprise call. The 28-year-old joined Cardiff from Preston last summer in a deal worth £4million but he struggled for regular gametime in the Premier League.
Indeed, he turned out just seven times for Cardiff as they suffered relegation and expected to head off for a relaxing summer. But he has been invited to a training camp with the Republic of Ireland in Portugal ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers in June.
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Cunningham, who hasn’t represented Ireland since 2013, was shocked to receive the call but has vowed to grasp the opportunity with both hands. He told RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue: “I wasn’t expecting it, to be fair. After a disappointing end to the season it was a nice pick-me-up.
“I now have the opportunity to impress. It’s down to me to work very hard for the couple of weeks and show what I can do. “I’d like to think I’m coming into my prime. I’m 28 so I have a few more years left in me. “I know I’m one of the many left-sided players in the squad – the cultured lefties I would say. “There is great talent in the squad, so this is a great to get away and gel together.”
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