A dynamic display from midfielder Josh Cullen in the Republic of Ireland's 3-1 win over New Zealand may not be enough for him to force his way into Mick McCarthy’s team to face Denmark in Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier, but the midfielder insists the entire squad will be behind the starting line-up.
Cullen, who is currently on loan at Charlton Athletic from West Ham, created a positive impression in a performance which put his natural poise in the spotlight.
But the 23-year-old was keen to defer to McCarthy when asked if he warranted a starting spot.
"That’s down to the manager," Cullen told RTÉ Sport.
"But we’ll all be together going into that game on Monday.
"Whoever plays, everyone will be behind each other and looking to get the result we need."
The All Whites limitation were obvious over the 90 minutes, but the man with Leitrim lineage paid tribute to aspects of their play.
"All credit to them, they’re a good side technically," he opined.
"They’d a lot of movement and rotation, especially in midfield, but I thought we dealt with it well.
"We were good in possession ourselves, which is something we spoke about in the lead-up to the game.
"At times we had to be patient, because they’re a good side, but we’re happy to get the win and pleased with how we played."
The response to the concession of Callum McCowatt’s 30th-minute goal was an aspect that pleased Cullen.
"That’s part of the game, you go behind and then you have to come from behind," he added.
"It was disappointing and it came against the run of play, but I think we showed out character to come from behind and get the win."
Derrick Williams’’ header from Robbie Brady’s corner was the catalyst for that comeback, with Cullen emphasising the importance of set-pieces to Ireland’s game plan.
"It was a brilliant header for Derrick, he was great tonight," his team-mate enthused.
"Set-pieces, we know we’re strong from them, so we’ve got to use them in every game we play, so it’s pleasing to get one from a set-piece."