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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Keeper Liam looks to progress

Euro 2017 U21 Qualifier: Ireland v Serbia (Waterford RSC, ko 5.45)

Goalkeeper Liam Bossin is hopeful of playing in this evening’s Euro 2017 Under-21 qualifier against Serbia at the RSC, Waterford
Goalkeeper Liam Bossin is hopeful of playing in this evening’s Euro 2017 Under-21 qualifier against Serbia at the RSC, Waterford

His Waterford roots are the reason why Belgian-born keeper Liam Bossin is one of the boys in green, and the Anderlecht man wants to use a venue in that county as a stage to progress his career with club and country this evening.

Ireland's U21 side play their final Euro 2017 qualifier against Serbia in Waterford this evening, Noel King's side destined to finish fourth in the six-team group even if they can beat a highly-rated Serbian side.

Thoughts have already turned to the future and with three players from recent U21 squads involved with the senior squad this week (keepers Danny Rogers and Ian Lawlor and Callum O'Dowda), those still in the U21s hope to follow that pathway.

For fellow keeper Bossin, tonight is a chance to make his competitive debut at U21 level, a big occasion for the Brussels-born player who qualifies for Ireland as his mother is from Carrick on Suir.

"I have only played one U21 game before, a friendly against England C, so I'd love to get a chance to play today, and show what I can do for the next campaign," says Bossin ahead of Serbia's visit to the RSC.

"There is a path to the senior squad now that Danny Rogers and Ian Lawlor have been called up, and hopefully my time will come. That is what I want to do too, but I need to be patient.

"This has been a frustrating campaign for the squad, we can't qualify for the U21 finals but it's a chance for us as players to do well and make a case to the manager for the next campaign."

Keen to progress at international level Bossin, who only turned 20 in the summer, also feels he needs to leave Anderlecht to go further. "I am third/fourth choice and it's not easy, I wanted to go out on loan to get some games but they didn't let me go," he says. "I train with the first team every day but I don't get to play. I travelled with the first team for a Europa League game but only as the third keeper so it's hard.

"I was at Barnsley for a week for a trial but I probably have to leave Anderlecht to get my career going. I am looking to move to England, maybe League One, so I can show myself and go step by step to reach my goal of playing in the top division and playing for the national team."

Boss King would love to see Cork City's Sean Maguire keep up his stunning scoring record: "Every time Sean has come in with us he's had a very positive attitude, he's scored an incredible amount of goals".

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