Sheffield United’s John Egan ready to answer Ireland call and wear armband against Lithuania – despite Blades hopes he could be rested

Egan, United vice-captain and proud Irishman, could receive the armband along with a number of other senior players, including skipper Seamus Coleman, who is set to miss the game against Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium.

Although many United supporters would probably prefer him to be rested for the friendly, given United’s run-in and their punishing injury crisis in defence, Egan faced the media to preview the game and is expected to start in midfield. after an impressive performance against world number one Belgium this weekend.

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“I see myself as a leader both at club and international level, and I think I’ve become a leader here now the more games I’ve played,” said Egan, who has previously worn the armband. in Coleman’s absence.

“We have a lot of experienced guys in the team. Seamus Coleman is an incredible man and an incredible captain; he has so much respect from everyone in the camp.

“So for us to watch him and the way he behaves kind of sets a great example for the rest of the team to behave professionally.

“And I think people like Seamus, [Shane] Dufy, [James] McClean… they’ve been a part of the team for a long time and it’s great, especially for the younger players, to have these guys to look up to.”

Sheffield United’s Republic of Ireland defender John Egan applauds the fans after their 2-2 draw with Belgium (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Egan was praised by his manager Stephen Kenny for his display against Belgium, in a match which ended 2-2.

“It was a very enjoyable performance,” Egan said. “I think we can take a lot of confidence out of it.

“They are obviously a top side, we played each other and another day we could have got the win. It was a very good performance which we have to build on now.

“I felt I played well…and as a team we played really well. So it was a nice game to play, and it certainly didn’t feel like a friendly game.”

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