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Former Preston North End player receives plaudits from a national hero after hat-trick

Former Preston North End attacker Callum Robinson has just had one of the best weeks of his career.

He’s a regular in the Republic of Ireland squad now but isn’t always guaranteed a start. Goals have been hard to come by for Stephen Kenny since he took over, and obviously wins too.

Callum was chosen as the main striker last Saturday and went on to score two goals as Ireland beat Azerbaijan 3-0 to record the first competitive win for Kenny at the 13th attempt.

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The ex-Preston attacker didn’t stop there though. On Tuesday he lined up again for a friendly against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar. He managed to go one further this time scoring his first international hat-trick.

In doing so he became the first player to score three goals in a game for Republic of Ireland since national hero Robbie Keane in October 2014 against Gibraltar. He also became the first player other than Robbie Keane to net a hat-trick since David Connolly did so in 1997.

Keane himself was quick to congratulate Callum, sending him a message on Instagram saying “Congrats pal, so happy for you, keep it going mate”.

CR7, as he is affectionately known by his fans, now also showed a picture of the match ball seat belted up in his car on the way home.

Robinson had received a bit of a backlash in the press after simply answering a question that he hasn’t had his vaccination. He wasn’t against it but just said he hasn’t received either dose even though he has had Covid twice. It’s completely up to him what he does with his body, and his teammates backed him but the press weren’t quite as kind.

This led to his celebration of putting his fingers in his ears when he scored against Azerbaijan.

Callum isn’t one to let much get to him. He always plays with a smile on his face and it’s one of the reasons that makes him popular with fans of every team he plays at.

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