CALLUM O’Dowda had no sense of disappointment over missing out on Euro 2016 after finishing a “dream season” with an international senior debut.

The winger’s incredible month, which started with the goal which sealed Oxford United’s promotion, was capped off by a 15-minute appearance for Republic of Ireland in their 2-1 defeat to Belarus.

Despite impressing, it was not enough for manager Martin O’Neill to take a chance on the 21-year-old in his squad for France.

But, unlike the other players who missed the cut, O’Dowda was asked to stay on in the camp until the weekend.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail from the Fota Island Resort, the star from Kidlington reflected on an amazing year.

He said: “The way it’s happened for me, scoring ten goals for my club and for us to get promoted with me scoring the last goal, it’s been cracking.

“Then to come here and make my international debut – it’s been a dream season.”

O’Dowda went into the camp vowing to catch the eye of O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane.

And the confident approach seems to have paid off.

“There are some fantastic players here, but I’ve always been told you’ve got to believe you’re as good,” O’Dowda said.

“I was positive and the comments from the management as well have been really good, with lots of positive feedback.

“I’ve spoken to the manager nearly every day after training and he’s always letting me know how I’m getting on and asking about Oxford.”

With the exception of LA Galaxy’s Robbie Keane all 23 players in the Ireland squad ply their trade in the Premier League or Championship.

O’Dowda’s appearance is likely to prompt renewed speculation over his future, but the player does not think being in League One hinders his international prospects.

He said: “The management and other players have always said wherever you are you need to play games.

“I think if I’m playing then I’m taking a step-up by learning and developing as well.”