Wigan Athletic and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy was delighted after scooping the 2012 FAI Young International Player of the Year award in Dublin last night.
The 22-year-old beat Everton’s Seamus Coleman and Hull City’s Robbie Brady to win the accolade at the Three FAI International Football Awards.
McCarthy, who has nine senior caps for the Republic of Ireland and is in contention to play against Poland on Wednesday, took to Twitter after receiving the honour.
He posted: “Thanks a lot for all the messages! Much appreciated! Delighted to pick up the award!”
McCarthy was also nominated for Senior International Player of the Year Award but was piped by Bolton Wanderers’ midfielder Keith Andrews, while Brady was named U21 Player of the Year.
He first represented his country aged 16 in January 2007 before going on to play for the under 21s in the European Championship in 2008.
He made his senior debut in February 2010 and was called up six times in 2012 by Giovanni Trapattoni, making his World Cup debut in a 2-1 qualifier win over Kazakhstan.
The award crowns a memorable week for the Wigan midfielder, who made his 100th club appearance as the side drew with Stoke City last weekend.
And as he looks to help the club beat the Premier League relegation drop, McCarthy wants to see his teammates take momentum from the result and continue to pick up points.
“It’s a very important point in the grand scheme of things and we don’t want teams getting too far ahead of us,” he said.
“We’ve set ourselves a foundation to go to Chelsea and achieve something because we’re now two games unbeaten in the league and we need to build on our recent two points and start achieving maximum points in games.”
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