Jimmy Dunne sees his international future with the Republic of Ireland but has not ruled out playing for Northern Ireland.
The 21-year-old, currently on loan at Sunderland from parent club Burnley, has played for the Republic at Under-21 level but has yet to make a senior appearance.
That means the man from Dundalk could still switch allegiance and, able to represent Northern Ireland via his grandparents, he held discussions with Michael O’Neill last October.
However, while understanding the reasons why some players do opt to wear different international colours, he has his eyes firmly on the Republic.
I am a Dundalk lad and my dream has always been to play for the Republic of Ireland,
he told LMFM.
That’s something I’ve always thought about. I’ve never considered it to be any other way.
But as you grow older, if you’re not playing any international football, I can see why players would make a decision to play with someone to get the international experience.
I’m hoping in the next few years, or maybe even sooner, to play for the Republic of Ireland.
Dunne spent the first half of this season on loan at Hearts, making 14 appearances in all competitions, but will now try his luck in League One at the Stadium of Light until May.