Harris would welcome international call-up for prolific Millwall star

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris says he hopes “people take note” of Aiden O’Brien’s form – and that it results in an international call-up.

Islington-born O’Brien can represent the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents, and has made no secret of his desire to play senior international football.

O’Brien, 23, is the country’s joint-top scorer at under-21 level with Burnley’s Robbie Brady, and playing Championship football hugely increases his chances of catching Martin O’Neill’s eye.

Sean Maguire, who plays for this Saturday’s opponents Preston, was immediately called up to the squad for the first time after moving from the League of Ireland, where despite his scintillating goal-scoring form for Cork City he had never received international recognition.

Harris believes O’Brien could be the next Millwall player to be called up by his country, adding to the six players in the current squad who have been in senior international squads.

“I’ve always gone public saying I love my players being called up to represent their national sides,” Harris said.

“We’ve seen the benefit in the last week with Jordan [Archer], Conor [McLaughlin] and Shane [Ferguson] going away and doing so well and coming back with a real buzz about them.

“I’d love more call-ups in the squad. I want to see my players achieve.

“Aiden has been in flying form. He’s scored 30 goals in the last two years, that’s a phenomenal achievement for someone who doesn’t play up front.

“All he can do it keep playing well and doing what he is doing and hope that people take note.”

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John Kelly