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8 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy marking Tammy Abraham at the Liberty Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy believes his partnership with Lewis Dunk is thriving after keeping a fourth clean sheet in the Premier League last weekend.

The pair have started all 11 of Albion’s league games so far this season, and although the Irishman was full of praise for their partnership in the heart of defence, he understands a long season lies ahead.

He said, “Lewis is great to play alongside, and he brings the best out of whoever he plays with, so credit to him.

“It’s just clicking between us. I don’t think strikers are enjoying playing against us.

“It’s going well but we can’t get too ahead of ourselves, we’ve only played 11 games in the top league.”

The 25-year-old also commented on Dunk’s chances of making the England senior team at some point, following his fine start to the season which has attracted plaudits across the game.

“I was surprised that he didn’t get called up to the squad. He’s been performing well enough to be involved, but his time will come.

“If he keeps performing the way he is, I believe it’s only a matter of time.”

Duffy has his own international duties to attend to first, as the Republic of Ireland play Denmark in a World Cup play-off double-header to reach the finals in Russia next year.

Ireland travel to Copenhagen on Saturday evening, before playing the second leg in Dublin on Tuesday night, and Duffy believes the team will be well prepared for their all-or-nothing showdowns.

“They’re a different team to what they were a couple of campaigns ago. They looked strong in their group, but we’ll watch videos, have meetings and know everything we need to know about them.”

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