Newcastle Utd’s Elliot gets Republic of Ireland call

Robert Elliot
Robert Elliot

ROB Elliot’s been given his first senior call by the Republic of Ireland - after his best friend in football suffered an injury.

Caretaker manager Noel King has called up the goalkeeper into his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan after Darren Randolph was ruled out with a shoulder problem.

The 27-year-old - whose family is from Cork - told of his “pride” on social networking site Twitter before linking up his new team-mates.

Elliot tweeted: “Thanks to everyone for their kind messages. Am so proud to get a call up!!”

The Greenwich-born player, a close friend of Birmingham City’s Randolph, impressed during Tim Krul’s absences through injury last season.

Krul – who was in goal for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Cardiff City – has also been called up by Holland.

And United goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman tweeted: “Great win! Great day! And Both gk’s called up to represent there countries! Good luck Tim Krul & Rob Elliot!”

Speaking last month, Elliot told of his keennes to play for Ireland.

“I’d love to get a call-up one day,” said Elliot, signed from Charlton Athletic two years ago.

“I played a lot at youth level. I’ve been slightly disappointed not to get a call-up, but they’ve got three top keepers – and one of them is my best friend in football – Darren Randolph, so I can’t really complain.

“It’s more of a privilege to get an international call-up. You can’t demand it, so I just have to keep playing well and hopefully I get noticed.”