TOM Flanagan is looking forward to working from Premier League footballers whilst on international duty with Northern Ireland.He said: ”I’m only going to learn things while I’m away, even if I don’t play. There are Premier League footballers in the squad I can learn from so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tom’s qualification to play for Northern Ireland comes from his father.
He said: “My dad’s side of the family are from Northern Ireland and we have quite strong connections and family out there.
“I’m second generation and people might say I should play for England but I have been given an opportunity to play international football and I’m not going to turn it down.”
Flanagan now hopes to push for a place in the starting line up for what will be a stiff test for Northern Ireland in the Czech Republic.
He said: “It’s a World Cup qualifier – that in its own right is a massive thing but with the campaign they had last time, finishing top of the qualifying group for the European Championships expectations are very high.
“The standards of training will be very good and, If I do get to play, it will be against some very good international footballers.”