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5 June 2019

North End forward Callum Robinson is looking forward to the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.

Robinson, who was named in Mick McCarthy's final squad for the games, joined the squad for their training camp in Portugal before the squad returned to Ireland for their final preparations ahead of Friday's game against Denmark.

The 24-year-old finished the season as North End's top scorer despite missing four months through injury, and after returning to the side for the last two months of the season, he is looking to take his opportunity with Republic of Ireland.

Speaking to FAI TV while away with the squad, Robinson said: "I missed the last trip, so it was nice to obviously see all the new coaching staff and the gaffer, it’s been really good.

“I have been looking to show the manager what I can do close up. He would have come and watched some of the games last season because a few of the boys in the squad are from Preston.

“But it’s obviously been nice to show him a few bits that I can do in training. Also, just being around the lads and showing what I am about personally as well, so it’s been a good opportunity for me.”

On his time with the Ireland squad, he also told the Irish media: “It’s been good, I’ve really enjoyed it. The manager is a positive guy who likes to have a laugh at times which is good.

“I’m quite a happy, bubbly character around the squad so it’s really good to let yourself be more free and enjoy it. He has come in with a really positive attitude and obviously the lads did great in March. It helps when your first two results are wins, so it’s been really good.

“The lads will be positive after two good results in March. There’s nothing to lose really, it’s not an all or nothing game for us after the two wins but we’ll be going there hoping to get a good result."

The squad, which includes PNE teammates Robinson and Sean Maguire will be training in Ireland until Wednesday, before travelling to Denmark for Friday's qualifier, before returning to Ireland for the visit of Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium on Monday 10th June.

Alan Browne was named in the final squad but was forced to withdraw after picking up a calf injury in training during the training camp in Portugal.


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