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Sunderland: Tom Flanagan praised for his Northern Ireland performance

Sunderland: Tom Flanagan praised for his Northern Ireland performance

Sunderland defender Tom Flanagan has been praised for his performance as Northern Ireland beat Luxembourg 1-0, as reported by The Chronicle.

This was just his second cap, coming over two years since he got his first in a 1-0 friendly win over New Zealand, as per Transfermarkt.

Flanagan was partnered by Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown for the match, with the 21-year-old making his debut.

Following the match, Michael O’Neill said he hadn’t been prepared to risk Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart for the game, which was the reasoning behind the pair coming in.

Belfast Live gave Flanagan a rating of 8 for his performance, which was the joint-highest alongside Blackpool’s Jordan Thompson, along with the rating they stated: “Sunderland defender read danger well and was composed on ball. Impressive display.”

This comes after what has been a tough start to the season for the 27-year-old, in which he has started just two of Sunderland’s first six league games, coming on as a substitute in one other.

He has already shown what he is capable of during this campaign in the Black Cats’ 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over Burnley.

He got Sunderland’s second goal of the game, while also making 6 interceptions, blocking 2 shots, as well as winning 2 ground duels and 7 aerial duels (via Sofascore).

Flanagan may have been down for a short while, but he has definitely come back with his impressive performances against Burnley and Luxembourg.

This will surely have Jack Ross considering putting the 27-year-old back in his side when Sunderland face Accrington Stanley on 14th September.

Sunderland fans, should Flanagan be in the starting line up? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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