Ryan’s keep­ing one eye on Dale

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT -

RYAN De­laney net­ted a fine goal for Rochdale at Black­pool on Satur­day be­fore head­ing off to meet up with the Repub­lic of Ire­land un­der 21s squad ahead of their UEFA Un­der-21s qual­i­fiers this week.

Ire­land face Is­rael at home to­mor­row be­fore tak­ing on Ger­many away next Tues­day.

It means De­laney miss­ing Dale’s Check­a­trade Tro­phy game at Fleet­wood – sched­uled for last night – and Satur­day’s home clash against Don­caster.

But the de­fender said he’d have one eye on the League One re­sults.

“I’m very proud to be called up for my coun­try and ob­vi­ously I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be in­volved in the squad if I wasn’t play­ing as much as I am. Keith and the staff have been very good with me, giv­ing me a lot of games , and hope­fully I can keep pro­gress­ing,” he said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting among the lads again and hope­fully we can push on in the next two games and qual­ify for the Cham­pi­onships.

“There’s a lot of trav­el­ling in­volved with in­ter­na­tional foot­ball but you just have to make the most of the time and rest when you can.

“I’ll be re­fresh­ing Twit­ter a lot to check the scores and hope­fully the lads can get a cou­ple of re­sults.”

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