It's been an eventful few months for Andrew Omobamidele. On 1 September, he made his Republic of Ireland debut when coming on a sub for Dara O'Shea in that narrow 2-1 defeat to Portugal in Faro.

The Leixlip younsgter has started all games since for Stephen Kenny's side, establishing himself as a key presence in the Irish defence.

Just ten days ago, Omobamidele netted his first Premier League goal for Norwich against Leeds. It wasn't enough to prevent the Canaries from slipping to another defeat. A week later and Daniel Farke's side finally bagged their first win this term after an away 2-1 success at Brentford.

Something to celebrate then for the Norfolk club, despite them still being rooted to the foot of the table. Shortly after their success, however, the Norwich board decided to relieve Farke of his duties.

It was the German who gave Omobamidele his start in the Championship, before handing him a Premier League debut this campaign. The 19-year-old, not surprisingly, was shocked by the news of the dismissal.

Omobamidele after scoring against Leeds

Speaking to the media in advance of Thursday's showdown with Portugal at the Aviva Stadium, he said: "It was after the game, we got the win so it was mixed emotions.

"What he has done for the club is just amazing for the last four and a half years. Personally, he has been great, he gave me my debut and put me in the window to be here for internationals.

"He put his trust in me to play games at the crunch time of last season in the Championship and he's trusted me to give me a couple of appearances this season and I will be forever grateful for that."

On the prospect of facing up to Cristiano Ronaldo again, Omobamidele is well aware of his greatness, but adds there is much else to focus on.

"It was crazy, to make my debut against Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best players ever, but this stage of my career, I'm still trying to establish myself. And whether it's international level, if I play games, even if it's back-to-back games, I still have that mentality that I have to solidify my position.

"Obviously the result [against Portugal in September] wasn't what we wanted, but to get out there and battle with the boys was great. It's just football really. You get opportunities and you have to be ready to take them. It’s such a privilege to play for my country so whenever I get my opportunity I’ll always give 100%.

"I don't think there's a set way to stop Ronaldo. I think, yeah, obviously, you have to give him respect, he's the best player in the world but at the end of the day, it's 11 v 11 on the pitch and we're all human so it's just how we play on the day."

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