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Long Wins First Ireland Cap

Clarets' defender becomes club's 77th international

2 June 2017

Kevin Long won his first full cap for the Republic of Ireland after coming off the bench to make an international debut against Mexico.

Long was used as a second-half substitute as Ireland lost 3-1 in the friendly played in the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Martin O’Neill’s experimental side trailed 3-0 at the time but pulled a goal back through Birmingham City midfielder Stephen Gleeson following Long’s 64th-minute appearance from the bench.

Long’s international bow caps a memorable few weeks for the Clarets’ defender, who also made his first Premier League start in the final month of the season.

The 26-year-old went on to start the Clarets’ final three games of the campaign and now becomes the 77th Burnley player to represent his country at full international level.

His name will be added to the international honours board in the main reception of the Bob Lord Stand at Turf Moor.

Long’s Burnley team-mates Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward and Robbie Brady were not part of the Ireland squad which travelled to the United States to play in the game against Mexico, which was watched by a crowd of 42,017.

But they will be involved for a friendly against Uruguay in Dublin on Sunday as a warm-up to the Republic’s World Cup qualifier at home to Austria on Sunday, 11 June, when O’Neill’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten start in Group D.

Republic of Ireland side which played Mexico: Randolph; Christie (Browne 73), Keogh, Duffy, Egan (Long 64), McClean; Horgan (Gleeson 73), Hourihane (O’Kane 64), O’Dowda; Murphy (Hoolahan 64), McGoldrick.


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