Sunderland defender John Egan: Ireland experience great for development

Sunderland defender John Egan is delighted with his progress this season.

Sunderland defender John Egan is delighted with his progress this season.

Egan says being named as the Republic of Ireland's Under-19 Player of the Year is one of the biggest plaudits of his career so far.

"It was a big honour to even be nominated for the award, so I was delighted when my name was called out as the winner," Egan told safc.com.

"Going to the Euros was a perfect start to the season and we did well there, so I came back with a lot of confidence.

"It was a great experience leading the side out against some of the best teams in Europe. We played against some quality players who will be playing Champions' League football in a few years, so it was a great test.

"Getting to the semi-finals was a fantastic achievement in itself.

"My next aim now is the under-21 squad and hopefully I can impress. I know a couple of lads who are in there now."

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