Republic of Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady wants to cap his return from international exile with more exploits in football’s biggest tournaments.
The 30-year-old, now with English second-tier side Preston, became a national hero when he scored the goal that secured a 1-0 win over Italy as Ireland progressed to the Euro 2016 round of 16 in France, where his converted penalty threatened to unsettle the hosts.
But subsequent knee and Achilles tendon injuries cut short a career that saw the former Manchester United trainee move from Burnley to Bournemouth before joining Preston.
Brady has not played for his country since winning his 57th cap in a friendly against Qatar in March last year, but is now back in Stephen Kenny’s squad for Nations League matches against Scotland and Armenia. .
Asked if he still had ambitions to appear in another major international tournament, Brady replied: “Definitely.
“My performances will have to be at a level that keeps me involved and I’m confident enough that I’ll be able to get to a level to stay in the picture. We’ll see how things go.”
He added: “These tournaments are what it’s all about and what you want to strive for. We have a big week ahead of us now. There are so many factors that will play into getting us to the European Championship and, as you said, the World Cup afterwards.
“I’m only 30 years old, but there’s no time to lose. There aren’t many tournaments left, so you want to grab it with both hands and try to push for them.”
Norwich defender Andrew Omobamidele withdrew from the squad with a groin injury and was replaced by Aberdeen’s Liam Scales.