Canaries defender hoping to earn international recognition

Norwich City defender Sean Raggett will spend this season on loan at Portsmouth Picture: James Wilso

Norwich City defender Sean Raggett will spend this season on loan at Portsmouth Picture: James Wilson/Focus Images - Credit: James Wilson/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City defender Sean Raggett hopes he can push for a Republic of Ireland call-up during his season-long loan at Portsmouth.

The Canaries defender is looking to bounce back from a Rotherham loan which was ruined by injury last season, making 10 appearances as two ankle injuries required surgery.

The 25-year-old former Lincoln City defender has joined League One promotion hopefuls Pompey for 2019-20 and the former Gillingham trainee even has his eye on an international call.

"From when I have been a kid, becoming a Republic of Ireland international has always been one of my ambitions," Raggett, whose father is from Cork, told Portsmouth newspaper The News.

"That's something sometime in the future I can achieve because it would be something special. It would be a really special moment if I could achieve that - but first I have to work hard for Portsmouth and then see what happens.

"I'd really love to do that. Maybe last season I had an opportunity when I was playing in the Championship with Rotherham. I got a couple of injuries so I didn't play many games.

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"Before that I was playing in League Two with Lincoln and you're not going to get picked from there.

"First I've got to work hard and then see what happens. I've got to focus on playing well for Pompey and then you never know."

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