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Daniel Lafferty desperate to secure place in Northern Ireland Euro 2016 squad

THE club scene may have been a personal disappointment for Daniel Lafferty recently but he's aiming to step up onto the international stage.

The Derryman made just one Premier League appearance for Burnley in 2014-15 and was then loaned out to Rotherham last year and Oldham this season.

So it's not surprising that he admits: "I have geared everything towards the Euros. It was a weird season with a few injury set-backs and then going out on loan to get some games.

"In the last few months I have geared everything towards these two weeks [of international training] and seeing where it takes me."

The absence through injury of first choice left-back Chris Brunt has forced Craig Cathcart to fill in there, so Lafferty could provide cover, but fellow Derryman Shane Ferguson is probably ahead of him as he can play wing-back or left wing.

Lafferty is realistic about his chances of making the 23-man Northern Ireland squad for Euro 2016:

"If I'm involved in France I will be delighted, but if not, so be it. But I have given myself the opportunity to come here, train well and try to make an impression on Michael [O'Neill]. We'll see what happens.

"Most of the squad probably picks itself at the minute but to be involved would mean the world to me.

"A lot of lads pretty much know they are going but I've done everything I can to make sure I give Michael something to think about.

"Hopefully I have done enough but I believe I have given myself the best opportunity to do that with how I've trained last week in Manchester as well as this week."

Northern Ireland host Belarus in a friendly tomorrow night and Danny concludes: "If selected, if I was to play a part in the game on Friday I'd like to make a positive impression on Michael and, by hook or by crook, just get on that plane".

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