Cullen stoked with Irish debut

Charlton Athletic

Charlton Athletic midfielder Josh Cullen admitted he was in dreamland after his man of the match display on debut for the Republic of Ireland.

The 23-year-old was given the nod and played the full 90 minutes as Ireland beat Bulgaria 3-1 in a friendly at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

The former West Ham player put on a superb display and, speaking to Virgin Media Sport, admitted his pride.

“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “To get my debut, a win and man of the match, it doesn’t come much better than that.

“I’m delighted, I’m over the moon. The gaffer named the team on Sunday – I had a couple of days to prepare for it and I’ve just been looking forward to it.”

It is now back to domestic matters for Cullen as the Addicks hope to keep up their excellent start to the Championship season at home to Birmingham City.

Cullen has played a big part in Charlton’s recent success and paid tribute to Lee Bowyer’s team.

“I’m grateful to be regularly playing for Charlton – against good sides and for a good team,” he added. “That will only stand me in good stead to get more caps for my country.”