Shane Duffy reflects on home Republic of Ireland debut

Shane Duffy of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Blackburn Rovers at The Den on November 4, 2014
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Blackburn defender Shane Duffy admits that making his home debut in the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Switzerland gave him goosebumps.

Shane Duffy has revealed that he was overcome with goosebumps during his home Republic of Ireland debut on Friday night.

Duffy grabbed an assist as the Boys in Green were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin last night.

The Blackburn Rovers centre-back's previous cap came in a draw with Costa Rica in Philadelphia two years ago, but the 24-year-old says that this meant more given that it was on home soil.

"I was more ready for it now than I was two years ago when I played," Duffy told reporters after the game.

"I enjoyed it, playing in front of Irish fans for the first time was enjoyable, and I had goosebumps out there. It was a day I dreamed of, and I've got it."

His centre-back partner on the night Ciaran Clark opened the scoring for the Irish, who have qualified for Euro 2016, but it remains to be seen if Duffy will be involved in France.

Kevin Doyle leaves the field on a stretcher during the international friendly between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on March 25, 2016
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