Newcastle’s Rob Elliot gets Ireland call-up

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Newcastle’s Rob Elliot has been called up by the Republic of Ireland for their final Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.

Elliot replaces ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given in Martin O’Neill’s squad.

It’s just about getting as many opportunities as I can to show people what I can do.

Given suffered a knee injury in last night’s 1-0 win over Germany in Dublin.

Ireland are guaranteed at least a play-off place, but they can qualify for next summer’s European Championship automatically if they beat Poland on Sunday.

Elliot hasn’t made a competitive first-team appearance for Newcastle so far this season.

But the 29-year-old played his first 90-minute game since last December when he turned out for the club’s Under-21s earlier this month.

Speaking about his future after the match, he said: “You just sort of take each day as it comes.

“Football’s the strangest thing in the world. Five years ago I was playing in League One with Charlton.

“I’ve ended up playing in the Premier League and Europa League with Newcastle and playing for my country.

“You can’t judge what the future’s doing, you’ve just got to do your best every day. I love being up here – you can’t ask for a bigger football club.

“It’s just about getting as many opportunities as I can to show people what I can do.”