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Published: 15:34 | 26/3/16

Duffy "miles off" Ireland Euro 2016 squad

Blackburn defender ready to fight for call-up

Shane Duffy believes he is "miles off" securing a place in the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 squad despite a Man-of-the-Match display in Friday's 1-0 win over Switzerland.

The Blackburn Rovers defender had a hand in central defensive partner Ciaran Clark's early goal and turned in an accomplished performance at the back to force himself into Martin O'Neill's thinking.

However, the 24-year-old still thinks he has it all to do to book a place in Ireland's 23-man squad for France this summer.

“I’m probably miles off it," he said. “I’ve just got to go out there and see what we can do.

“The manager probably has got his squad picked, I don’t know, all you can do is get your chance.

“Hopefully I have done something for him. I just tried to go out there and pull the shirt on for Ireland.

“Everyone here wants to play but the lads who have got us to the Euros are obviously there. They have done all the hard work so you can’t just come in and take it.

“I’ve got to bide my time and if it isn’t this one, hopefully it is the next campaign.

“I’ve just got to focus on club football and try and come in and impress. I can’t just come in and take someone’s place.

"I was more ready now then I when I played two years ago [during his debut in a friendly with Costa Rica].

“I’ve enjoyed it, playing in front of the Irish fans for the first time. I had goosebumps out there. It’s something I have often dreamed about.

“I was slightly raw two years ago, I still am.

“But listen I am playing every weekend, I am enjoying it, I am thriving coming in here.

“I’m just trying to impress the manager and the players. You never know.”

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