Alex Pearce has signalled his desire to make a mark on the international scene with the Republic of Ireland, and says representing the Emerald Isle would be a huge moment in his career.
The centre back, who is qualified to represent the Republic, scored the Royals second goal in an 8-1 friendly win over Bray Wanderers on Sunday afternoon – and attracted plenty of attention from the Irish press following the clash.
“It would be a dream come true to pull on the Irish jersey. It’s something that I’ve been dreaming about for a while now,” said Pearce.
“My Dad is proud to be Irish, my Grandmother was born in Dublin and that pride has been passed on to me.
“I represented Ireland at under 14 level a while ago, which a lot of people don’t know – so I have an affiliation with the country there too. In the Premier League you get much more media coverage, you’re out in the spotlight more – so if I can stay in the team and do well hopefully the call will come.
“I’m dying for an opportunity to get that first call up and show Mr Trapattoni what I can do.”
The top flight will certainly give the Reading Academy product a useful platform to showcase his talents, and after the first two games of the campaign – the 23-year-old certainly feels the club as a whole has nothing to fear for the season ahead.
“Of course it’s a step up but it’s still about doing the same things that got us to where we are. There’s no need to change too much, we need to do what’s been successful for us. The way we play will cause problems for teams – we played Chelsea the other week and should have won that game. We learned that day we can cause the best team in this division problems.”