Millwall forward 'proud' of goalkeeper after senior Scotland call-up

AIDEN O’Brien hailed Jordan Archer for a “massive achievement” after the goalkeeper was called up to Scotland’s senior international squad for the first time last week.

Archer will join Gordon Strachan’s squad for their World Cup qualifying fixtures against Lithuania and Malta.

Conor McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson are in Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland squad for their games against San Marino and Czech Republic.

Millwall won 4-0 against Norwich City in their last game before international week, but O’Brien doesn’t believe the break will disrupt them.

“There are a few players going away,” O’Brien said. “Jordan getting called up, that’s a massive achievement for him, I’m proud of him.

“The boys that aren’t travelling abroad will get to spend times with their families and rest.

“But the boys who do go away they do get looked after well, they get their recovery and what they need and when they come back they’re fresh and ready to go.

“I don’t think that will make a big impact.”

Millwall face Wolves at Molineux in their first game after the international break, and asked if there would be some fear about facing such a big-spending side, O’Brien said: “No fears at all.

He added: “We’ll have a rest first and foremost. We’ll chill, rest our legs, see our families and take our minds off the game for a bit.

“We’ll come back and listen to the instructions that the manager and staff give us and give what we give every week.

“If we keep playing how we’re playing we’ll score goals and we’ll keep goals out and get three points.

“We always back ourselves to score, we’ve got great people up top and even us midfielders can always chip in with goals. The defenders as well, Hutchie [Shaun Hutchinson] got a great header today.

“We all feel that we can score and we’re a strong unit defensively. We’re a strong, strong team in this division.”

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John Kelly