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Westwood ready for Euro battle

9 June 2016

Sheffield Wednesday ace Keiren Westwood is working hard to stake his claim for a place in the Republic of Ireland starting XI.

Westwood was selected in the 23-man squad for Euro 2016 last week.

Martin O’Neill’s side begin their campaign on Monday 13 June, facing Sweden in the opening Group E fixture (5.00pm) and Westwood’s aim is to be in that starting line-up.

“I think that’s everybody’s aim, is it not? I would say everyone in the 23 wants to be in the 11,” he said.

“Not just me or the keepers or the two right backs or the centre mids or the strikers or the centre halves. Everyone is going to be in the same boat, not just me.”

It’s a tough task that lies ahead for The Green Army as Italy and Belgium, as well as Sweden, stand in the way of progression to the knockout phase.

But the Owls’ number one heads to France with full confidence in his international team mates.

Earlier in the season, he told “I’m massively proud to play for Ireland and massively proud to be called up. 

“I love going away and meeting up with the lads, we are all real close. When we meet up, we’re not like team mates we’re like brothers and it’s great. 

“The whole nation will be looking forward to it.”

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