Norwich City winger Josh Murphy dismisses Republic of Ireland call-up reports

Josh Murphy sprints towards the Norwich fans after scoring his goal at Everton in the EFL Cup. Pictu

Josh Murphy sprints towards the Norwich fans after scoring his goal at Everton in the EFL Cup. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's rising stars Josh and Jacob Murphy hope they will represent England again in the future, despite reported interest from the Republic of Ireland.

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National media reports have suggested the Football Association of Ireland were exploring the option of calling up the Canaries' talented twins.

However Josh, speaking after his thunderbolt wrapped up a superb 2-0 win at Everton in the EFL Cup third round, dismissed the possibility.

'We've heard the rumours and speculation about it but I don't think we've got any Irish in us,' the London-born winger said.

'There's been enquiries but I doubt we can play. Our main focus is club football for the moment and if we get into England then we get into England.'


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The 21-year-old brothers, who were raised in west Norfolk, have previously been capped by England at under-18, U19 and U20 levels but are yet to receive U21 call-ups.

'Every young English player wants to play for England so that's the same as mine and my brother's ambitions,' Josh added.

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'As long as we keep playing well and keep getting better and better then there's no reason why we can't do that.'

The style of the weaving run Murphy went on before he smashed his left-footed effort in off the underside of the crossbar at Goodison Park kept that rapid development rolling.

The FA Youth Cup winner, who spent last season on loan at MK Dons, was delighted with the 13th senior goal of his career.

'I was just thinking do what you do best, do what you do naturally and then hopefully it will come off,' he said of his strike.

'It was a relief that it went in and it took a lot of pressure off us and we could build on that so it was great.'

Murphy is well aware he still has plenty to learn defensively though and is not getting carried away with his big moment.

'Every game for me, especially as a young player, is a learning experience and the group helps so much because pretty much everyone around you in our team has played in the Premier League,' the Canaries academy product continued.

'You could see that with the way the boys played, with experienced heads to manage the game.'

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