Tuesday 20 March 2018

Green sets sights on Euro place

DERBY COUNTY man Paul Green says he's up for the fight to prove that he's worthy of a place in Ireland's 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 finals.

Green ended a 12-month absence from the international scene when he came on as a sub in last week's friendly against the Czech Republic, his first time in a green shirt since the home defeat by Uruguay a year ago, and a place in the squad for the finals in Poland is now his target.

"Obviously, I would be disappointed not to get on the plane but I know there are players in front of me, so I have to keep fighting and playing well for my club," said Green.

"It's a massive bonus and I'm really buzzing to be around it again. I didn't think I'd get any minutes on Wednesday, so it was a bonus to get involved and, hopefully, I will get in for the next friendly."

Harte loving life in Royals family

FORMER Ireland star Ian Harte says he's loving life with Reading as the Royals maintained their push for promotion with a sixth successive win.

Reading had to come from behind away to Millwall on Saturday as Dubliner Andy Keogh put the Lions in front, but Brian McDermott's side launched a comeback and finished 2-1 winners, a run that puts them third in the Championship table.

"I'd love to stay here," said Harte, delighted that McDermott turned down the chance to manage Wolves.

"It was a big opportunity for the manager to go to the Premier League but it just goes to show that he thinks he can take Reading there."

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