Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady has revealed that he was disappointed after he was excluded from the Republic of Ireland squad in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland, Independent reported.
However, despite not featuring for his native then, Brady has now admitted that he ready to step for the national team and make up for the time he lost when he wasn't playing.
"Yes, it hurt, but I wasn't playing for my club, so maybe that impacted Mick McCarthy's thinking," he said, "but now I want to get a bit of game time on Thursday against New Zealand and see where it takes me.
"It kills me when I'm not involved with Ireland, it really does," added Brady.
"We've given a good account of ourselves through the whole campaign, but now it is about the last game and getting it right. We don't want to go through the disappointment of what happened in terms of going to the 2018 World Cup. "
Brady also revealed that McCarthy had called him to discuss further why he had not been picking the midfielder for the Irish team.
"He said if I wasn't playing at club level it was going to be hard to pick me for the Irish training camps before internationals," he said.
"I was working hard at Burnley and battling to get back into the team and while it was frustrating at times. But then things can change very quickly in football.
"Now Monday against Denmark is massive, we've put ourselves in a good spot in the group, needing to win a game in front of our own fans. That's where we are now."
Brady also spoke about the shock 5-1 defeat to Denmark in 2017: "Obviously you remember it, but this is a chance to put it right. We can't change what happened in 2017, just learn from it and do better this time."
The 27-year-old heaped praises on Tottenham Hotspur teenager Troy Parrott who has been called up to replace another teenager Brighton & Hove Albion's Aaron Connolly who has been ruled out with an injury.
"He's a big physical specimen for a 17-year-old, definitely, and Troy has an eye for goal, he showed that in the little match at the end of training yesterday.
"Troy is walking around the camp with a smile on his face, he's really enjoying being with the senior team.".