Portsmouth winger Marcus Harness targets first Ireland cap after watching brief for Bulgaria stalemate

Tue, Nov 24 2020
Portmouth's Marcus Harness

Portmouth's Marcus Harness Credit: Sky Sports

Marcus Harness has targeted Ireland caps under Stephen Kenny after being brought into the international fold for the first time last week.

The Portsmouth winger was a spectator in the Aviva Stadium as Ireland played out a scoreless draw with Bulgaria to conclude their UEFA Nations League campaign.

Harness didn’t get the chance to train with the squad, having only got the call following last Sunday’s defeat to Wales in Cardiff, but he did get the opportunity to meet the squad.

The 24-year-old has been in flying form for Pompey this season and was awarded League One’s Goal of the Month for one of his three goals in the 4-2 win over former club Burton Albion.

“It was an incredible experience to be involved, to meet all the lads and get a taste of that stage," Harness told Sky Sports.

"It was an amazing few days. I was so proud to get my foot in the door and be around it. It has made me so hungry to do well here at Portsmouth and meet up with them again in the future.

“I'm desperate to get some caps and do well for my country. It's something I've always wanted, and now I want it even more."

Harness watched as his Portsmouth strike partner Ronan Curtis played 85 minutes in just his second start for the Boys in Green on Wednesday.

Watching the former Derry City striker in action whetted Harness’ appetite further for the opportunity to finally join up with the squad in a playing capacity.

"He did really well. It shows you what's possible and it definitely gives me something to work towards. Hopefully, I can do the same things that he is doing now in the future.

"Of course, there are dreams of playing in a major tournament, but it's one step at a time. I would just love to get out there on the pitch for now.

“That would be a win for me and I would love to experience that.”

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