Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has piled praise upon ‘excellent’ Josh Cullen after the West Ham United midfielder was named Man of the Match after his international debut during Tuesday’s 3-1 friendly win against Bulgaria, speaking to The 42.
At 23 years old and with 17 youth caps under his belt, Cullen was finally handed a chance to impress in the ROI first team in Dublin.
The Essex-born enforcer started in the centre of the park for an experimental Ireland side who won 3-1 thanks to goals from Alan Browne, Kevin Long and James Collins.
And Cullen was rewarded for an all-action performance with the Man of the Match award, an accolade McCarthy believes the Hammers starlet was more than deserving of.
"There were some really good performances. Josh Cullen deserved the man of the match, he was excellent,” said the former Sunderland and Wolves manager, who isn’t always the easiest man to please.
Cullen is yet to force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s plans at West Ham and returned to Charlton Athletic on loan this summer after helping Lee Bowyer’s side earn promotion from League One last season.
And, after guiding The Addicks to second in the Championship table after six games, Cullen has certainly taken his impressive club form into the international stage.
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