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McShane ready for test against the best

7 October 2015

Royals captain hopeful of qualification ambition

Since August, German forward Thomas Müller has netted 13 goals for club and country; Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has 19.  Those are just two of the players that Reading captain Paul McShane and his Ireland teammates will be hoping to keep quiet in the final round of qualifiers for Euro 2016, as they aim to secure a trip to France next summer.

Automatic qualification is still achievable, although they first face a tough game against last year’s World Cup winners Germany in Dublin, and then visit Warsaw to meet Poland in their final fixture.  The first priority for Ireland will be to guarantee a minimum of third place in Group D, ahead of Scotland, and consequently a play-off opportunity.

“We’re third at the minute, both Germany and Poland are very strong,” explained McShane.  “We’ve got to go out to Poland and try and beat them for maybe a chance of second.  But they’re both tough games and they’ll both be real tests for us.

“As a defender you want to play against the best.  You want to reach the top in your career and play against players like Germany and Poland have.

“You aim to play against those players, hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to play against them. That’s why we’re aiming to get this Reading side promoted, because we all want to be playing against the very best.”

Reading are back in action after the international break against Charlton on Saturday 17th October at Madejski Stadium; for ticket information, click here.

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