Port Vale’s Ryan McGivern sets sights on Euro 2016

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Port Vale’s Northern Ireland defender Ryan McGivern is gunning for France 2016 after his international team-mates clinched their qualification for the European Championships.

McGivern, capped 23 times for Northern Ireland, played in the first two fixtures of the Euro 2016 campaign – a win over Greece and a defeat to Romania.

Since then, the side has surpassed all expectations which culminated in last night’s (October 8) 3-1 win over Greece to seal their first qualification for a major tournament in 30 years.

McGivern said: “It’s massive, not just football, in terms for the whole country in general.

“To get put on the map again, it’s such a big tournament and it’s been that many years since we’ve been there.”

He admitted his frustration at not being involved in squads during the campaign.

“It’s frustrating whenever I’m not involved.

“I started off playing in the campaign, made a couple of appearances and then with injury and not being involved here as much as I’d like, it’s hard for the manager to pick me when I’m not playing at club level.

“Hopefully, I can get back playing games and force my way into his head.”

Northern Ireland play Finland in their final qualifying fixture (Sunday October 10), needing a point to top the group.

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