SHANE DUFFY edged closer to the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad with an assured ‘man of the match’ display against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.
However, the Galliagh man refuses to build up his hopes, claiming he could be ‘miles off’ making Martin O’Neill’s 23 man squad for the UEFA Championships in France.
The Republic boss finalises his squad on May 28th - the day after the friendly international against the Netherlands in Dublin.
And Duffy, who is expected to play in tonight’s match against Slovakia, is instead focusing on Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign having waited two years to win his second cap.
Asked if he could force his way into the reckoning for France this summer, the 24 year-old Blackburn defender said: “I’m probably miles off it, but I’ve just got to go out there and try to see what I can do.
“I don’t know if the manager’s got his squad picked, but all you can do is take your chance. Everyone wants to play and the lads who got us to the ‘Euros’ are there. They’ve done all the hard work, so I can’t just come in. I’ve got to bide my time and if it’s not this one, then it’s the next campaign.I’ve got to focus on club football and try to impress. I can’t just come in and take someone’s place.”
With the experienced John O’Shea and Richard Keogh seemingly certain to make the squad for France, Clark and Duffy know there is real competition for places, but both will head into tonight’s match in high spirits after their superb displays against the Swiss.