Walsall winger Tyreik Wright says he was honoured to have been selected in Republic of Ireland’s Under 21s squad.
The 19-year-old, who is on loan at the Banks’s Stadium from Aston Villa, has joined up with the national team ahead of their match against Wales Under 21s on Friday.
Wright has already represented Republic of Ireland at Under 17, Under 18 and Under 19 level but he’s excited by the opportunity to step up another level and feels privileged to have been selected.
“It’s a massive honour and a privilege to play for your country,” said Wright.
“It’s a young boys dream to play for their country so I’m delighted to be picked for the national team.”
“Before I came on loan I didn’t think I was ready, playing development football but since I’ve come here I feel like I developed a lot already so I’m ready to take on the U21s.
“I think U21 level is a much higher level. They play against the likes of Germany and Italy and they’ve got a very good squad so to be picked for the Under 21s is an honour.”
Wright has made seven appearances for the Saddlers since joining in January and has enjoyed playing games and developing in men’s football.
“It’s been the best experience, I’m loving every second of it,” Wright commented.
“Development football is not as competitive, you don’t get relegated or anything. To come and play first team level is a whole different level. I took it on my chin straight away and I’m loving every minute.”
“Once I’m playing I’m happy. Wherever the gaffer puts me, I’ll do the job there.”
Watch Tyreik's full interview below.