Alex Bruce has told Sky Sports of his delight at the prospect of lining up for Northern Ireland against Portugal
Hull City's Alex Bruce has told Sky Sports that he is delighted to be involved with Northern Ireland.
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Last Updated: 10/10/12 3:01pm
The Norwich-born defender has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad by Michael O'Neill after confirming his availability.
Bruce is a Republic of Ireland international and has two full caps, but they came in friendlies which allowed the Hull City stopper to switch allegiance.
The 28-year-old is now delighted at the prospect of turning out for Northern Ireland.
"I am very happy to have been called up by Michael O'Neill, and I hope to play my part," Bruce told Sky Sports.
Bruce admits he is more than happy with the call-up which comes as he has emerged as a regular for Championship side Hull City, after going much of the summer without a club.
"That's football really; there are always ups and downs in football. I had that after leaving Leeds, where again I was in and out under numerous managers.
"Now I am at Hull City, enjoying myself and I feel I am coming into my prime now and playing my best football."
Bruce is in line to make his bow against Portugal next week - a game you can see live on Sky Sports, and he is relishing the prospect of facing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
"That is what you come into football for, games like that and as a footballer you want to play in them. The chance to play against the best players is what it is all about," he continued.
Bruce insisted he did not want to be drawn into any conversation about his switch from the Republic to Northern Ireland.
"I don't want to get drawn into that side of things, the media will ask but I hadn't played for the Republic for five years, and they were friendlies," he said.
"I have family on both sides of the border, which is how I qualify so I just want to get on with things."