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star's fairytale rise West Brom boss Bilic tells new Ireland cap Dara O'Shea to be proud of his arrival on the international stage

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West Brom's Dara O'Shea made his debut for Ireland last week

West Brom's Dara O'Shea made his debut for Ireland last week

West Brom's Dara O'Shea made his debut for Ireland last week

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has told new Ireland cap Dara O'Shea to be proud of his arrival on the international stage and predicts that exposure at that level will make the Dubliner an even better player.

Former St Kevin's Boys player O'Shea made his senior debut in last week's Nations League defeat to Finland, O'Shea a late call-up to the senior squad from the U-21 panel. And his club boss Bilic, who previously managed his own national team, Croatia, says O'Shea should feel pride in the cap which is another part of his "fairytale" rise.

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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has told Dara O'Shea to be proud of his achievements

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has told Dara O'Shea to be proud of his achievements

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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has told Dara O'Shea to be proud of his achievements

“It’s great for him,” Bilic told theExpress and Star. “I have congratulated him, he is very proud. Every player is proud to represent their country, there is nothing better than that.

“But there are some countries that make your family even more proud and Ireland is one of those countries. It means more than football, more than representing your country. I am extremely happy for him, he is a brilliant kid. And it will help. It will help his motivation, his confidence that he has that cap for his country. Brilliant," Bilic added

O'Shea broke into the Baggies side last season, having impressed Bilic in pre-season, but has retained his place in the team in the Premier League.

“I noticed him (O’Shea) straight away, when I arrived at the club last season. At the start of pre-season, everybody was crazy focused straight away – but you can also hear laughter and all that," Bilic said.

“I was the new manager, I came here and then you start training and after two seconds, you here: ‘How many touches?’, ‘How many that?’ – Dara never asked that, he knew.

“He listens to everything and that’s a big part of his improvement. He listens, he thinks about his game. He is like a sponge. He listens to you and tries to improve his game, and that’s why his improvement has been really unbelievable. If you consider where he was last season at this time and where he is now, it’s like a fairytale. But he deserves it all.”

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