Reeves happy to represent Northern Ireland

Ben Reeves
Ben Reeves

Ben Reeves hopes he can impress Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill after being called up for the first time.

The 22-year-old midfielder will be part of the squad for the friendly against Cyprus on Wednesday, qualifying for Northern Ireland via his grandmother.

After meeting the manager, Reeves hopes he can make an impression on the pitch.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Hopefully I can do well and impress the right people.

“My nan is from Northern Ireland, so I never ruled it out. I knew when I was a youngster that she was from Northern Ireland and knew it was a possibility and now it’s happening.

“My agent was in contact with the Northern Ireland manager, and thankfully he came in to meet me. They said good things, and I’m flattered to be given the opportunity.

“I’m delighted to be called up. I’ve got a lot of people to thank for that, including the manager here for believing in me and I’d like to believe it has worked out. “

With it being a friendly, Reeves says the pressure will be off him, but he still hopes to make a make the right people sit up and pay attention.

He said: “There’s no real pressure to go in all guns blazing. I’ll work hard, but there’s no pressure on me.

“I’ve got a couple of days with the squad, I can get used to things and hopefully on Wednesday I can play a part.”