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David Meyler Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

David Meyler Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

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David Meyler Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Home advantage on his home turf of Cork could play in his favour, but David Meyler admits he still has work to do today to try and seal a place in Ireland's squad for Euro 2016.

While the mood (at club level) is grim for some of the Irish players, such as Ciaran Clark, Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady as they contemplate life in the Championship to come following relegation, life looks good for Meyler, who is heading back to the Premier League next season after Hull City sealed promotion over the weekend.

"Obviously I had a terrific weekend with Hull, we achieved our target of getting promoted so I'm thrilled," says the former Cork City man, pleased to see Ireland back on Leeside. "But now my attention has turned to this match against Belarus and it's fantastic to be involved with Ireland in Turner's Cross. The last Ireland game in Cork was against Spain in 1985 so it's fantastic for the area and the crowds have turned up to watch the lads train," added Meyler.

And tonight could be key for Meyler, one of the players who stands a chance of making the Euro 2016 squad, given his contribution over the campaign (and his versatility is no small matter) but who could also miss out.

"I've done my share but I think everybody has, throughout the campaign, we've all done our piece. So the manager has to pick the 23 players he feels will do the country the best in France," he says.

"I can't second guess what the manager is thinking. He's the manager, it's his job. It's down to him what he wants to do. Everyone is going to doubt themselves at moments.

"But for the meantime, we've one game, that's all we can focus on and can't look any more forward than that. We've got Belarus and I've got to make sure, if I'm playing, that I do my job."