Brighton & Hove Albion striker Aaron Connolly is determined to be in a central role after he was left out in Slovakia.
Connolly admitted that he needs to be consistent with his goalscoring for club and country respectively, precisely if he wants to make the cut on the international front.
The 20-year-old missed out on a massive opportunity to feature for Ireland due to testing positive for Covid19 and he believes that he might no receive the chance to play for his native again.
Connolly and Adam Idah had initially moved seats in the plane and came into close contact with an FAI staff member who was believed to have tested positive at the time.
“It's frustrating when people say that. I left my seat but I didn't know I was going to sit beside someone who had a positive test.
"I could have stayed in my seat and someone beside me could have had it and I would have got away with it as I'd moved down the back.
“To see stuff like that is frustrating, even on social media. I moved my seat but how was I meant to know where someone who tested positive was sat? I don't look back and think. 'I wish I had sat there'. It happened and I've moved on.”
The youngster is now looking to Ireland's clash against England and while he is focused on that fixture, he also touched on the idea of being likened to a legend like Robbie Keane.
“No, I love it. I love hearing stuff like that and I love the pressure. It's nice, at 20 years of age and 19 for Adam, to have pressure like that on you and fans and coaches expecting things of you.
“I'm never going to shy away from that. I like the way people put pressure on because it makes you feel wanted and they obviously think you can do something great. I'm sure me and Adam will have no problem with that.”