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Cyrus Christie happy with first Republic of Ireland start

Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie believes that the "did well" on his first international start.

Cyrus Christie believes that he "did well" on his first start for the Republic of Ireland.

The Derby County defender opened the scoring in the team's 4-0 win over Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday, which was his second appearance for his country,

The 22-year-old told The Herald: "In training, the manager told me when Seamus [Coleman] said he was struggling, so he just told me to get right and I just prepared as usual as I would if I was starting a normal game.

"He told me [on Friday] before the game that I was going to be starting, so I had my game head on and I was ready and I went out there and I thought I did well. I was lacking a bit of match fitness, I haven't really played that much this season, so for me to step out on the pitch was great, and the team played well.

"I'm a laid-back character, it doesn't really bother me too much. I slept well, I slept as usual, I slept [on Friday] afternoon. I just prepared right and it paid off."

The Republic of Ireland host Georgia on Monday.

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