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Rotherham United striker Kyle Vassell has had a taste of international football with Northern Ireland … and now he wants more

Northern Ireland's (from left to right) George Saville, Kyle Vassell and Jamal Lewis applaud the fans after the UEFA Nations League match at the Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna
Northern Ireland's (from left to right) George Saville, Kyle Vassell and Jamal Lewis applaud the fans after the UEFA Nations League match at the Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna

Rotherham United forward Kyle Vassell made his Northern Ireland debut on Friday night in Austria and the minutes on the pitch has him craving more international action.

Vassell was a second half substitute for Michael O’Neill’s side, who went down 1-0 in their Nations League match thanks to West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic’s solitary strike.

The Millers forward came on with a little under 15 minutes remaining and couldn’t fashion an equaliser for Northern Ireland, however Vassell has admitted he has loved the experience and is already looking forward to Monday’s trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“Happy to get on the pitch and make my debut," he told BBC Sport NI. “The result wasn’t the greatest but we’ll go again Monday.”

O’Neill overlooked a couple of regular squad members to throw Vassell on for his first international appearance, a show of faith which which understandably pleased the 25 year-old.

“I just try and train as hard as I can and play as hard as I can when I get the chance so the fact he put me on shows he has belief in me so I am very happy,” he said.

“Its been unbelievable, learning from senior pros and making friends as well, its not about being serious all the time. The boys have been brilliant and I’ve loved every minutes,” added Vassell.

“That was a taster for me and I am hungry to go again definitely.”

“I’ve just tried to not get too ahead, enjoy and learn in the moment and get better myself and I think that’s what I have done.”