20-year-old R’s star issues honest admission as he hopes to take his frustration out in key Cork clash…

Ireland striker Sinclair Armstrong, following his senior international debut against the Dutch two months ago, expresses dissatisfaction with his performance. Despite a single assist in 10 Championship appearances for QPR since his debut, Armstrong scored in a 3-2 defeat to Norway with the under 21s.

In the Euro 2025 qualifier, Jim Crawford’s team lost their lead in the second half, allowing Norway to surpass them on goal difference in Group A. Despite personal frustration, Armstrong hopes his recent under 21 goal will initiate a goal-scoring streak leading up to a crucial clash against Italy in Cork on Tuesday.

Reflecting on his post-debut progress, Armstrong admits he hasn’t met his high standards, attributing it to the challenge of adapting to QPR’s new manager. He aims for confidence from his recent goal, focusing on finishing the year strongly with both QPR and the national team.

The under 21s, adopting a 3-5-2 formation against Norway, showcased promising performances from wing-backs Seán Roughan and 17-year-old Sam Curtis. Kian Leavy, returning to the midfield, impressed after his first call-up since March. Childhood friends Armstrong and Aidomo Emakhu stood out as the striking duo, both finding the net.

With Italy next on the schedule, Armstrong emphasizes the team’s lack of fear against the top-seeded opponents. He anticipates a challenging game but asserts confidence in the team’s abilities, stating they will give their best to secure three points against the five-time winners.



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