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McShane targets tournament ‘buzz’

12 November 2015

Royals skipper looks ahead to play-offs

Royals captain Paul McShane is hoping Republic of Ireland can book their place at Euro 2016 in the upcoming play-off games against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The Reading skipper, a veteran of the 2012 European Championships, will be looking to join Royals teammates Chris Gunter, Hal Robson-Kanu and Oliver Norwood in France this summer - all of whom qualified with their respective nations last month.
But Ireland will first have to overcome Bosnia & Herzegovina over two legs. With the first game taking place on Friday evening in Zenica - and the return leg in Dublin the following Monday, McShane knows it will be a tough test.  Regular Ireland vice-captain will be suspended for the first leg, although McShane's involvement in the coming fixtures will depend on whether he is fit to return from the injury which kept him out of the Championship clash with Cardiff.
“It’s a tough one it will be tricky away in Bosnia.  We’ll be confident going into the games though, and it would be great to go to France,” said the defender. “It would be fantastic for the country because there was such a buzz when we qualified for 2012.

“I was part of that squad when we went to Poland and there is always a great buzz in Ireland when the football team qualifies for major tournaments.  It gives the country a good lift.”

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