John Egan set for Georgia trip "with full belief in ourselves"

John Egan set for Georgia trip "with full belief in ourselves"

From captaining his country for the first time, to enjoying life in the Premier League with Sheffield United, John Egan is in one of the most enjoyable periods of his career.
7th Oct 2019

With defensive injuries, Egan could start his first game of the EURO 2020 Qualifers on Saturday against Georgia. Despite not playing in the Qualifiers in this campaign, the defender knows the team are in a strrong position at the top of Group D, ahead of the trip to Tbilisi.

"We've done really well to put ourselves in this position. We're going there with a lot of confidence. We believe we can get a result against anyone. We're fully focused now on the game on Saturday, and we'll take it from there."

With away games against Georgia and Switzerland, before the home finale against Denmark, the Corkman knows there is plenty of work to do to qualify for next summer's tournament.

"There's three really tough games left, but we've put ourselves in a great position and hopefully we can get the results and qualification."

Aaron Connolly is the only new name in the squad, and Egan says the familiarity between players has been a benefit this campaign. The 26-year-old has been part of every squad this year, under manager Mick McCarthy.

"It's been a similiar squad now for the last few trips. Everyone in the squad gels well together. It's a really good group to be a part of."

Conor Hourihane, Jeff Hendrick and Connolly were among the Premier League scorers this weekend, while Scott Hogan scored in The Championship. Egan is delighted to see so many players in form for their clubs, ahead of the international games.

"A lot of the lads are playing and hitting good form at a good time. To have the lads in good form at club level coming in here is a plus. You can see the confidence of the lads doing well, so it's brilliant."

Ireland are unbeaten against Georgia in ten games, including March's 1-0 win in Aviva Stadium. Despite the record, he is taking nothing for granted ahead of Saturday's match.

"You cant really look too much into the past. Every game is a new challenge. Whether you've played them ten times or 20 times, the only game that matters is the next one really. We had a good win over them in Dublin, but they have shown they're a good side."

Egan knows the dangers Georgia present, as they have shown this campaign.

"They got a result against Denmark, who are also a good team. We've got to go there with a gameplan and try to execute it."

Ireland's last trip to Tbilisi resulted in a 1-1 draw in September 2017. The Corkman would love to leave the Georgian capital with three points.

"A win would be unbelieveable. Every game we go out, we try and win. You dont get the win everytime, but we're going to go to Georgia with full belief in ourselves in getting the job done. Hopefully we can do that."