West Ham loanee Josh Cullen is hoping that his form in the Championship will earn him his Republic of Ireland debut. If he makes his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland tomorrow night, he will go one better than current Hammers star Declan Rice.
The pair have played together at U21 level for the Republic of Ireland but both have gone down different career paths. While Rice is now an established West Ham starter, Cullen has been sent out on loan for the fifth time.
Rice represented the Boys in Green on three occasions before controversially switching allegiance to England. He is now a regular fixture in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.
Josh Cullen in a different situation to Declan Rice
But Cullen will be aiming to do things differently. The 23-year-old is in contention to win his first cap for Mick McCarthy’s team in tomorrow night’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland.
Rice played three times for the senior Irish side but never played in a competitive game. During the UEFA Nations League last year, Rice turned down a call-up while he was agonising over his international future.
Cullen, however, is in a different situation. The Essex-born midfielder is also eligible to represent England but is unlikely to do so. He will press ahead with his international commitment to the Republic of Ireland and he will not be able to switch allegiance if he plays tomorrow night.