Callum O'Dowda: Oxford midfielder takes promotion break with Republic of Ireland
Oxford United midfielder Callum O'Dowda admits he is frustrated to be temporarily leaving their League Two promotion push for international duty.
The 20-year-old will link up with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for qualifiers against Italy and Slovenia.
It comes after an eye-catching brace for the U's against Barnet on Saturday.
"It's the third time I've gone away after scoring," he told BBC Radio Oxford. "But I'll be fully buzzing when I come back for the run-in."
Oxford-born O'Dowda was named runner-up for the Republic Under-21 player of the year award on Sunday behind Preston midfielder Alan Browne.
And he believes international experience has aided his development as a player.
"I spoke to the manager (Michael Appleton) when I last went and he said it's only going to benefit my game," O'Dowda said.
"Being with a different manager and a different team broadens your experience.
"There's a lot more one-touch passing involved in international football and there's a real structure of play in terms approaching the game."