Pearce on Ireland joy
Alex Pearce has hailed Tuesday evening as an ‘historic’ night in his career, after the centre half found the net on his debut for Republic of Ireland.
After learning of his call up just days before the clash at Craven Cottage, the 23-year-old’s rise to international prominence has seemingly been a bit of a blur – as he told the press following a 4-1 win over Oman.
“I got the nod to come on when the whistle blew for half time, we went into the changing room and the assistant manager told me to get warm and that I was coming on in the second half,” he said.
“I didn’t have too much time to worry about it! All the family were there and it was great for them to see me score a goal for the Irish, and it was also great for the manager who was there too. I’m sure he would have been proud.
“I’ve kept the shirt that I played in, I got all the lads to sign it and took it home – I’ll get that framed in the house and get it hung up, and keep that forever. Last night was a historic night for myself. I’ll never ever forget it for the rest of my career.”
Far from getting carried away with proceedings, Pearce is now focusing purely on a clash with Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday – a new challenge given the depth of attacking talent in Andre Villas-Boas’ squad.
“If another cap comes my way I’ll be delighted, for me now it’s about focusing on Reading on Sunday.
“Tottenham have a great squad with great depth, they’ve signed some top players – but we’re at home so any team coming to Madejski will have a tough game.”