Randolph named in Ireland squad
DARREN RANDOLPH could be in line for his Republic of Ireland senior debut after being included in Giovanni Trapattoni's 29-man squad for the clashes against Macedonia and Uruguay.
Bray man Randolph has been in sensational form between the posts for SPL side Motherwell this season and those performances have been rewarded with a place alongside fellow goalkeepers Keiren Westwood and fellow uncapped shot-stopper David Forde in Trap's squad.
Randolph is in his first season at Motherwell, having made the switch north from Charlton Athletic in the summer and he is delighted to be involved in the international set-up once more.
'It has been a while since my last involvement in International football so the call today has been very pleasing indeed,' said Randolph, speaking exclusively to motherwellfc.co.uk.
'Some people questioned my move to Scotland but so far things have exceeded my expectations. Motherwell is a superb club to play for with a proven track record of developing players.
‘When I chose to leave Charlton, I have to be honest and say that getting a call-up to the full Ireland squad wasn't in my immediate thoughts.
'I wanted to get out and play regularly as a number one; a fresh challenge really.
‘I felt that coming to Motherwell was the right move for me and, so far at least, it's been a dream.
'I prefer to be a guy who looks forward rather than sitting back and admiring what has gone on.
‘Things have been great so far but we can still push on and end the season with even greater highs. For me personally, and the team, we still have goals to achieve and that is my aim.
'But, it is a great feeling to see your name included in the full international squad.
‘I've played at every level from schoolboy up to “B” International and this was something that I've always dreamed about.'
The Republic of Ireland are due to face Macedonia in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday, March 26, before locking horns with Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and the rest of the Uruguay side in a friendly on Wednesday, March 29.