IN the latest episode of The Loftcast, Ryan Manning revealed that it was his dad who told him that he had been named in a provisional Republic of Ireland squad for the first time.
Ireland boss Mick McCarthy last week named an initial 39-man group for their November internationals against New Zealand and Denmark.
Manning was one of the names to be in the squad and speaking exclusively to the club’s regular podcast earlier this week, the 23-year-old explained how he heard about his maiden inclusion.
“It was my old man,” said Manning, who will be on standby for the two aforementioned fixtures. “I was actually in the gym downstairs [at the training ground] and my phone was ringing. I was thinking ‘why is he ringing me when he knows I’m at training?’.
“He said that I’ve been called up; I hadn’t seen the news because I hadn’t been on my phone much that day. International recognition is obviously a really nice thing to happen but what I’ve always said is that it comes off the back of performing every week with your club and training hard every day.
“International football – although it is only once every few months or so – comes from your everyday stuff; making sure that you’re fit, making sure you’re in the team and making sure that you’re performing. That is how you get that recognition.
“Getting the call up is nice but it is more of a reflection of how well the beginning of the season has gone for me. If I get into the final squad, great, but if I don’t then I have to keep performing every week at QPR and it will come in the future.”
The Loftcast is the club’s regular, free-to-listen podcast. Hosted by R’s legend Andy Sinton, The Loftcast features all of the latest chat and debate from W12 and, in the latest edition, Manning also discusses Rangers’ positive start to the season, last weekend’s defeat at Leeds United and Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough.
Listen below or on one of the following platforms: