Friday, July 24, 2009

Andrews focused on Ireland World Cup qualification

Keith Andrews has set his sights on helping Ireland qualify for the 2010 World Cup after this week pledging his future to Blackburn.

The 28-year-old Dublin born midfielder, who joined Rovers a year ago from MK Dons, was the subject of interest from Barclays Premier League rivals Fulham earlier this summer but has now signed a new four-year contract.

Ireland sit in second spot in Group Eight in World Cup qualifying, with three fixtures remaining, Cyprus away in September and Italy & Montenegro at home in October

Andrews said "We will know whether we have qualified automatically, or whether we need the play-offs by October. It is exciting times and fingers crossed we can do it.

"I always look at the short-term future. To play in a World Cup would be a dream come true. To cement my place on the international stage is one thing but to crack on and qualify for a World Cup it would go down in history."

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