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Jeff Hendrick Eyes Many More Years In Ireland Jersey

Jeff Hendrick Eyes Many More Years In Ireland Jersey

Jeff Hendrick believes he still has more to give for the Boys in Green despite being one of the elder statesmen in the Irish set-up.

In a squad packed with youth and promise, Hendrick's experience has proven itself to be useful in recent games. The Newcastle United midfielder is hoping that he can continue to be of use during the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

"It is tough to take [with the focus on Euro 2024]," he said. "I'm not getting any younger but I still feel I have a good few years left in me.

"I'm only 29 and we have seen players play on until their 30's and mid-30's in the past.

"I can't see why I can't do that. Hopefully I can be in and around the squad for a good few more years to come."

Hendrick played a key role in Ireland's 1-1 draw with Serbia on Tuesday night alongside a number of young stars.

Jeff Hendrick on exciting youth Ireland talent

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Andrew Omobamidele, Gavin Bazunu and Adam Idah all took their chance in this international window, and the Dubliner is excited by their potential.

"There's a lot of youth in the squad now. I remember being one of those young lads and it is exciting," he added. "The more games they get will only benefit us.

We're not gifted with 100s of top players that are playing in the top leagues. We are what we are, and we know what squad we have.

We have players coming in and out of it but everyone comes into the squad with a positive attitude and buys into the group. They all fight for each other.

While Ireland showed signs of life during this international break, Hendrick admits that he is not concentrating on the future of his manager Stephen Kenny during the international window.

"We come in and play for the manager," he explained. "From day one we are getting instructions and are building for the games.

"We have a lot of games in a short period of time. That's nothing that I should be concentrating on, it's just the games I need to be concentrating on."

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