Burnley star dreams of Ireland call up

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Updated: October 8, 2011

Burnley midfielder Chris McCann hopes his fall out with the Republic of Ireland U21 four years ago will not affect his future international ambitions.

McCann made the wrong headlines as a 20 year old when he walked out of the Under-21 squad 2 hours before the game with Bulgaria after objecting to being named on the bench having failed to feature in their previous game in Montenegro.

The Dubliner’s decision to refuse to take his place as substitute for the game effectively ending his Under-21 international career before it even began.

At the time Don Given, then the U21 manager was quoted as saying, when asked if he would call upon the player again ““Will I pick him again? Would you?

“I said to him ‘have a think about it because it is obviously going to affect your future’.

“He said that he didn’t want to be in so I said to pack his things and go.”

Despite the two men burying the hatchet that fall out meant he was never called into an Irish under-21 squad again and having now matured to become the Burnley captain, the 24 year old is hoping that form and not history will help him to prove his international credentials.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph the 24 year old spoke of his international ambitions saying “It’s got to be an aim of mine, me pushing on,”

“It would do with the way it ended last time.

“Hopefully I can put that behind me.

“I want to play in the international side.

“There’s a World Cup coming up as well, it would be nice to be involved in stuff like that. “I don’t think you want to go out of your career without playing international football.”

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