Steven Reid is currently flying high with confidence although he is aware that might not be enough to guarantee him a place on the plane to Japan for the World Cup finals. Millwall winger Reid scored his first international goal for his country in only his second appearance in the Republic of Ireland's 2-0 win over Russia at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday night.

For the 20-year-old, who had picked up Ireland's Under-21 player-of-the-year award on Sunday, his 45 minutes against the Russians rounded off a week to remember.

"This game has done me the world of good," enthused Reid. "I had a recent rocky patch, a little dip in form, but luckily I managed to get in the squad - which gave me a lot of confidence. To pick up the Under-21 award, which as you can imagine I was delighted with, was another confidence booster, and then to get the goal, well, I'm flying at the moment."

"If I can keep my place in the squads for the other friendlies at the same time, continue to put in the performances and nick another goal, then that might make it hard to be left out (of the World Cup squad)," Reid added.

"I'd be delighted to get in the World Cup squad, but there are still players out injured like Stephen Carr and Gary Doherty to come in, so with quite a lot of luck I might sneak in there," added Reid. "I know there are names already on the plane, like Roy Keane and Robbie Keane, but there are going to be one or two who will come from nowhere and maybe I will be one of those."

Filed by Sinéad Kissane