Preston North End right-back Scott Wiseman will get another taste of international football this weekend with Gibraltar.
He is in line for his fourth cap in Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
Then after facing Martin O’Neill’s side, Wiseman and his Gib team-mates head to their borrowed ‘home’ in Faro, Portugal, to take on Georgia on Tuesday evening.
Gibraltar are very much the minnows of Group D, with Germany, Poland and Scotland in the pool as well as ROI and Georgia.
They got a rude awakening in their opening group game when they were beaten 7-0 by Poland last month.
Wiseman, though, says that Gibraltar playing at this level is a long-term project, as they were only being granted UEFA status last year.
“We might have got beaten heavily the first time out but it was still a brilliant experience to play for them,” Wiseman told the Evening Post.
“From the off, I said that this was always going to be a struggle but that we would give it our best.
“We are not a set of whipping boys there to make up the numbers.
“I thought that 7-0 against Poland last month was harsh.
“It was only 1-0 at half-time. We had a game plan but unfortunately we did not have enough experience to see Poland off for that 10 to 15-minute spell. “This is a long-term project for the country and all the games at the moment are with one eye on the future.
“Steadily the younger lads will get experience which can be built on four or five years down the line.
“All the lads and the staff take this seriously – so does the country as a whole.
“We are going to improve with the more games we play and for me it is exciting to be part of it all.”
Wiseman, who celebrated his 29th birthday this week, headed off for duty with Gibraltar having wrestled the PNE right-back shirt away from Calum Woods.
He got the nod for Preston’s 2-0 win at Coventry and retained his place for last weekend’s 4-2 victory over Colchester – a game in which he opened the scoring.
Previous to then, his only two starts had come in August against Middlesbrough and Sheffield United.
Said Wiseman: “When you are in a big squad and find yourself out of the side early in the season, you have to work hard to get yourself back in.
“It was great to be selected for the Crawley and Coventry games and hopefully I did enough to be picked for the matches when I get back.”