DAVID Forde says being given the opportunity to stake his claim as the Republic of Ireland's first-choice goalkeeper has been a "massive slap on the back."
Giovanni Trapattoni indicated after his side's 2-0 win over Poland, in which Forde played the whole 90 minutes, that the Lions stopper is his current "number one" between the sticks.
The Italian explained that he was concerned that previous incumbent Keiren Westwood was lacking match sharpness, having been relegated to Sunderland's bench in recent months.
Forde said: "I have been lucky – football is a lot about luck as well when you get a break. I managed to get a lucky break and Keiren has been montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/tramadol unfortunate.
"I am good friends with Keiren off the pitch, so I am disappointed for him. But look, that's football and to be fair, he has supported me all the way and I would do the same for him.
"At the end of the day, it's great that the manager has put that trust in me, so I will take that as a compliment and a massive slap on the back.
"I just hope now I can repay him and bring a level of consistency in performances from club level into the international set-up.
"It's given me great confidence and belief that a manager like that has shown his faith in me."