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Daniel Lafferty: I've given my all to impress O'Neill

By Steven Beacom

Published 26/05/2016

In the running: Daniel Lafferty, pictured during the friendly with Qatar last year, is determined to book his place on Northern Ireland's plane to France
In the running: Daniel Lafferty, pictured during the friendly with Qatar last year, is determined to book his place on Northern Ireland's plane to France

Daniel Lafferty makes no bones about it. He has built his whole year around a trip to France in the summer with the Northern Ireland team.

Soon he will know if that ambition will be realised with manager Michael O'Neill due to reveal his 23-strong squad for the Euro 2016 finals on Saturday.

O'Neill will have informed all of the players who is in and who is out before the official announcement at the Titanic building in Belfast at the weekend.

Burnley defender Lafferty is desperate to be included.

He has had a difficult season with injuries and was loaned out to League One side Oldham as his Burnley team-mates won promotion to the Premier League.

Following last week's training camp in Manchester and this week's at Carton House in county Kildare, the moment of truth is near.

"It was a weird season with a few injury set-backs and then going out on loan to get some games, but in the last few months I have geared everything towards the Euros and these two weeks and seeing where it takes me," said the 27-year-old former Derry City defender.

"If I'm involved in France I will be delighted, but if not, so be it. I have given myself the opportunity to come here, train well and try to make an impression on Michael, so we'll see what happens.

"Most of the squad probably picks itself at the minute but to be involved would mean the world to me.

"A lot of lads pretty much know they are going but I've done everything I can to make sure I give Michael something to think about.

"Hopefully I have done enough but I believe I have given myself the best opportunity to do that with how I've trained last week in Manchester as well as this week."

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