Paul Green aiming to make Ireland Euro 2012 squad
Derby County midfielder Paul Green has spoken of his ambition of making the 23 man Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012.
Green was a late call-up to Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad for February’s friendly against Czech Republic, but was brought on in the second-half instead of Glenn Whelan. “I was shocked to play half an hour against the Czech Republic, as I didn’t expect to get on,” Green told the Derby Telegraph. “I was just glad to be back in the squad.
“I thought I did pretty well when I came on and you just never know now. It would be nice to get on the plane. That would be one of the biggest achievements of my career, if not the biggest. Hopefully, I can get there but I know how tough it is going to be to get in.”
Green has shown his versatility in recent times, filling in for John Brayford at right-back for Derby County. However, for the last couple of games, Green has returned to the more familiar central midfield role. “It was a bit frustrating at times when you’re at right-back and you can’t get forward as much as you want to,” said Green. “It’s been nice to get about the pitch a bit more recently.”
A knee ligament injury ruled Green out of the first half of the 2011-12 season, as well as the final Euro 2012 qualifiers, but now that he’s back to full fitness, Green is definitely a contender to make Ireland’s final 23 man squad for this summer’s European Championships.