Preston North End Goalkeeper, Andy Lonergan has revealed he would welcome the chance of a call up to the Republic of Ireland Squad.
The 26 year old has been one of the top performing men between the sticks in the English Championship this season and last night for his club was voted Fans Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year.
Speaking as a special guest at an annual award ceremony at the University of Central Lancashire this afternoon, Lonergan revealed that he rejected a direct enquiry a couple of months ago but said he could still be open to a call up for other purposes.
The Preston born keeper said “They made an enquiry a few months ago but refused. I might change my mind. My Grandparents are Irish and my dads family are Irish but I couldn’t imagine singing another country’s national anthem. Obviously it would be financially rewarding “.
Lonergan already has international honours earned in his career having represented England Under 21’s. If he was to be capped, he would join other Irish internationals including Kevin Kilbane also Preston born and Sean St Ledger in being capped whilst playing for Preston North End.
Lonergan also added to his managers hope that midfielder, Matt James will stick around at the club for a while longer. The midfielder is currently on loan from Manchester United and has made a big impression. “I think he is coming back. He is a quality player and a great lad “.