West Ham academy graduate Josh Cullen made his international debut on Tuesday night. And he was given the man of the match award for his performance in the 3-1 friendly win over Bulgaria.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy named an experimental side to take on Bulgaria. He handed debuts to five new players, including West Ham midfielder Cullen. The youngster, who is currently on loan at Charlton Athletic, did not disappoint.

Josh Cullen could hardly do more

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McCarthy called Cullen into the senior squad for the second time after a fine start to the season. The 23-year-old has joined Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic in the Championship after helping them to promotion last season.


Manuel Pellegrini ran the rule over Cullen in pre-season. But he has decided to send him out on loan again. And Cullen could hardly do more to convince West Ham to give him a lifeline next summer.

The Essex-born midfielder has played the full 90 minutes in every game for Charlton since he’s joined. Bowyer’s men are flying in the Championship and currently sit second, occupying an automatic promotion spot.

Cullen also impressed on the international stage when given the chance. He has come through the ranks in the youth team and showed his class against Bulgaria. He is out of contract this summer but his performances might just change West Ham’s mind.

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