Portsmouth's Ronan Curtis: Republic of Ireland breakthrough won't stop me being humble

Ronan Curtis has vowed his new-found international status will not change him.

Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 5:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 6:36 pm
Ronan Curtis made his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland in Monday night's Nations League clash in Denmark

The Pompey winger has collected a second Republic of Ireland cap in five days as his rapid progress continues.

That second appearance '“ and a debut in a competitive fixture '“ arrived as a 65th-minute substitute in Monday night's clash with Denmark.

The goalless draw in Aarhus was the final Nations League fixture of the campaign for Martin O'Neill's men.

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Curtis will now return to the south coast for Thursday morning training ahead of the trip to Scunthorpe on Saturday. 

And the 22-year-old is adamant his Republic of Ireland breakthrough will not alter his attitude.

He told The News: '˜I'm just keeping my feet on the floor, I'm a humble boy.

'˜I've come from nothing and still have nothing at the minute. Just because I'm a footballer in England doesn't mean anything.

'˜I'm doing well at the minute, I'll take it as it comes, ride the storm and see what happens.

'˜It's every kid's dream to play for their country and I'm lucky enough to do it within six months of being at Portsmouth.

'˜To be fair, when I left Derry I didn't think I would be doing as well as I have been at the minute. I have been working hard on the training ground and it's all clicked.

'˜Words can't describe making my debut. As a kid growing up that's all I wanted to do, to play football, to play for my country.

'˜I'm an international footballer now and it's a dream come true.

'˜Both my international games meant as much as each other, but to get my actual debut on Monday night was amazing. Coming on against Denmark, that was the real one.

'˜Facing someone like Christian Eriksen, one of the Premier League's top, top players was amazing.'

Curtis has scored six goals in 17 appearances following a summer switch from Derry City.

Now he is establishing himself in a Republic of Ireland set-up which also contains Roy Keane as assistant manager.

He added: '˜Roy Keane is a lovely man. Everyone knows he was a hot-head when he used to play, but he's an old-school player who loves the game and is passionate.

'˜He talks to me a lot and before I went on for my debut said 'Just work hard and do what you've done for Portsmouth in the last four months'.

'˜I look up to him as an experienced ex-pro. All week he had been speaking to me, saying I might get my chance and to take it, to take it in my stride because I'm a young player and had earned it.'