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Ferdinand’s Ireland Duty

Southend United Apprentice Kane Ferdinand’s season continues to go from strength to strength after the youngster completed 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland’s Under 19 side against Croatia on Tuesday.

The fixture, which ended as a 1-1 draw, was the first of a double header against the Croats with Ferdinand set to feature again on Thursday in another friendly.

And Ferdinand is hopeful that his Club form will keep him in the Manager’s thoughts when it comes to international duty.

“There is a big difference playing international football, but I’m still learning the game and feel that I’m improving with every game with Southend. I’ve been lucky to get this chance and I want to make the most of it,” he said.

“Hopefully I can keep playing well for my Club, develop my game and that will keep in the Manager’s mind for international call-up’s.”

To cap a busy week for the youngster he is expecting to fly in Manchester Airport today to link up with the Southend first-team ahead of their League Two clash at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The youngster who is still only 18 years old has progressed into the Shrimpers first-team since the start of 2011 making 9 appearances under boss Paul Sturrock, who is keen to tie him to a longer deal.

“We’re in talks with Kane about upgrading his contract,” said Sturrock

“He’s still on a Youth team contract at the moment but has done very well in the first team. I think it says it all when you see that our results have improved since he came into the team.”

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