Paddy Lane thanks Fleetwood Town after Northern Ireland call-up

The 21-year-old has represented the U21s but will be in the senior configuration for the first time for friendlies against Luxembourg and Hungary.

Lane has stood out on the Fylde coast this season but his international arc was not on his mind, instead he focused on improving Fleetwood’s fortunes.

He said: “It was mind blowing. When I got the call I was in the gym and I couldn’t hear who it was, I had to go outside to hear who it was and it was the gaffer (Baraclough).

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Fleetwood Town’s Paddy Lane has spoken about his senior call to Northern Ireland

“I worked hard and there had been some rumors but I hadn’t thought much about it, then he called me and I was shocked.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said thank you on the phone, I just can’t wait to be there now, I feel like it.

“All I’ve been focusing on for the past few weeks has been club football and that’s just a plus that comes with it.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the club, the staff and the players. It’s not just me who achieved that.

“I knew I believed in myself and I had the right people around me who believed in me. I landed on my feet with Fleetwood, it was the right decision for me and when I came here I wanted just take the opportunity and repay the faith they had shown in me.

“They took a chance on a boy who was working at Sainsbury’s at the time.”

First there is a crucial League One game for Lane, as Fleetwood host Doncaster Rovers on Saturday at 3pm.

This is another opportunity for Cod Army to put some distance between them and the relegation zone and one of the teams in the bottom four.

Lane has simple expectations for this weekend’s game.

“Three points,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. Never mind Doncaster, I want the three points. We know it’s going to be a fight, but we’ll be ready for it.

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