Shamrock Rovers midfielder Aaron McEneff said his call-up to Republic of Ireland duty was proud moment for him and his family.
McEneff was one of four players called up to the squad this afternoon as manager Stephen Kenny sought to cope with another spate of absentees, through coronavirus and suspension.
Ireland are missing no fewer than 13 of the squad originally named to take part in this international window, with the announcement arriving today that Matt Doherty and James McClean were the latest Irish players to test positive for Covid-19.
McEneff was called up alongside Shamrock Rovers teammate Graham Burke and, with Jack Byrne already a regular fixture in the set-up in recent times, the squad now three players from the recently crowned Airtricity League Premier Division champions.
The other two call-ups this afternoon were Millwall's youthful striker Troy Parrott and Peterborough's Jack Taylor.
"It's a very proud moment for myself and for my family," McEneff told FAI.ie this afternoon. "I found out when I went to training this morning at Shamrock Rovers.
"I was absolutely buzzing to be honest. People that you've grown up with texted you and calling you, the phone's been going mad.
"An international call-up is one of those things that if they come along, they come along. You don't really think about it. And for me today, it has come along. It feels like hard work is starting to pay off.
"It's been a long time. But look, it's happened today."
McEneff, from Derry, represented Northern Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level and confirmed that his international clearance only arrived a fortnight ago.
"I got the phone call about two weeks ago. That's been a long time in the process. I'm glad it went through two weeks ago because I wouldn't be standing here today if it hadn't.
"Everyone is in the squad on merit. I worked hard in training today. I enjoyed it, getting to know the lads. Looking forward to training again tomorrow and the game on Wednesday."