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Danny Mandroiu of Shamrock Rovers with his SSE Airtricity / SWI Player of the Month award for October. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Danny Mandroiu of Shamrock Rovers with his SSE Airtricity / SWI Player of the Month award for October. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Danny Mandroiu of Shamrock Rovers with his SSE Airtricity / SWI Player of the Month award for October. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Danny Mandroiu says he’s confident he can have an international career while based in Ireland despite missing out on the senior squad yet again.

The former U-21 cap was on a high this week as he was named as the SWI/SSE Airtricity Player of the Month for October, belated recognition for players from the champions as this is the first monthly award won by a Hoops player.

“I don’t know how, to be honest, after winning the league,” he said. “I don’t really think the lads care. At the end of the day we’ve just won the league and we’re getting a medal at the end of it. I don’t think they mind, but it is unusual.”

No longer eligible at U-21 level, Mandroiu was called up to the senior squad by Stephen Kenny in the summer, but he was not capped and has since been unable to break into the squad as he awaits the call from the Irish manager. “He doesn’t ring me, he’s not my mate or anything,” Mandroiu joked.

“All I need to do is keep doing what I’m doing and if he picks me, he picks me. If he doesn’t, I’ll work hard. That is a goal of mine.

“I want to play for my country as that would mean everything. When it comes along, if it comes along, if it doesn’t, I’ll be very happy if it does come along. I just need to keep working hard and see if it happens.”

Mandroiu also pleaded for an end to the stand-off between his current and former clubs, which means that no Rovers fans will get tickets for Friday’s game away to Bohemians. Their supporters were also locked out of the recent derby in Tallaght Stadium.

“There should be a way to get away fans to every game,” he says. “No matter how chaotic it is, it’s a Dublin derby and there should be away fans.

“It’s not fair on the away team and it makes for a better atmosphere. There should be away fans at every game.”

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