Republic of Ireland international midfielder Jeff Hendrick admits that he spoke with manager Martin O’Neill about his need to chip in with goals, before he opened his international account in the 2-2 draw with Serbia.

Hendrick scored his first goal for Ireland in just the third minute of the World Cup qualifying with Serbia, pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the box to riffle it home, albeit via a slight deflection.

Ireland could not hold that lead however and it took a late goal from substitute Daryl Murphy, who also scored his first goal for Ireland, to earn a draw.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Hendrick said: “It was a great feeling, the main thing for me is to help the team perform and try get as many points as possible.

“We talked about it yesterday that I do need to come up with a few more goals and it was a good start tonight. Hopefully I can carry that on.”

The Burnley midfielder believes that the result will prove to be a good one come the end of the qualifying campaign and insisted that Serbia are genuine contenders for qualification.

"They’ve got a lot of lot of good players, it’s going to be hard to control them for 90 minutes especially when they’re the home team.

"We said it yesterday, we knew it would be a tough game. Not many teams will come here and get points and we said yesterday it’s all about winning your home games and getting points away on the road.

"Thankfully we started the group with a valuable point and we could look back after the qualifiers and saw that really helped us.

"Hopefully it has but there’s a lot more games to go so we’ll take some confidence from this like we try and do for most games and get ready for the next one."