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7 June 2017

BURTON Albion defender Tom Flanagan made his Northern Ireland senior debut on 2nd June 2017 in a 1-0 victory over New Zealand.

The 25-year-old has represented his country at youth level but says he was delighted to make his senior debut earlier this month.

“It was brilliant, I am really really really delighted about it,” he said. “Obviously I have been in every squad for this season and been sitting there patiently and getting a little bit frustrated but I can see why and it was just really good to get it out of the way.

"I think that’s the way people look at it when you’re sat on the bench, you just want to get it out of the way because then hopefully everything will take off from there.”

Flanagan played alongside Aaron Hughes, Jonny Evans and Conor McLaughlin who have 190 international caps between them.

Tom said: “It was pretty crazy I mean obviously before the game Hughesy (Aaron Hughes) got his 105th cap and I’m just starting out and obviously Jonny (Evans) plays 40/45 games in the Premier League most seasons so I couldn’t have asked for anyone better really.”

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