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DIXON'S DELIGHT

Posted on 10 May 2006  - 12:00

Terry Dixon has revealed his delight at his call to the senior Republic Of Ireland squad at the tender age of 16.

Terry Dixon has revealed his delight at his call to the senior Republic Of Ireland squad at the tender age of 16.

The schoolboy who is yet to join our Academy full-time was one of 29 players named by new boss Steve Staunton for a training camp and friendly international against Chile on May 24.

He joins Spurs team-mates Robbie Keane – the Republic’s skipper and record goalscorer – Andy Reid and Stephen Kelly.

Terry is a forward who played behind the front two in most of his 10 starts and one substitute appearance for the Under-18 side this season. He will join us as a First Year Trainee in July.

He put in some fine performances for the Ireland Under-17s throughout the season and Staunton was impressed after watching him first hand in UEFA U17 qualifying matches.

“My manager at the European Championships said it might be happening but I didn’t think anything more of it,†reflected Terry after training with the senior players in the final session at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

“I met Steve Staunton in Ireland and he said well done to me for the last couple of months but he didn’t say anything about this and haven’t spoken to him since.

"I was called on Monday with the news that I was included and I was over the moon.

“It’s a big step up and I didn’t expect it but I’ll go there and enjoy it.

“I don’t really know the Irish lads even at Spurs but I trained with Stephen Kelly on Tuesday and he said well done to me.

“I’m sure it will be a great experience - just training with the squad will be unbelievable. It will give me confident going into next season and I’ll be able to take tips off the likes of Robbie, that will be fantastic.â€Â