Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Clark looking to secure Euro squad place

Ireland international Ciarán Clark admits he has to keep his Aston Villa spot if he is to secure a place in Ireland's 23 man squad for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland.

Clark, who can play in central defence or midfield, has recently regained his Villa spot in a holding midfield role.

He is desperate to be part of the Irish squad in Poland and knows he has to impress Trapattoni at club level during the second half of Villa's Premiership campaign.

Clark who gained his first international call up in November 2010 against Norway said: "I'd like to keep getting into the Villa team because that is the only way I am going to get into the team to make the European Championships in the summer.

"I know if I play games then I will hopefully get a chance to go.

"It would be a massive experience for me to go to Euro 2012 but I haven't been picked in the last few squads.

"I hadn't really been playing for Villa but, now I'm getting a few games, it would be nice to think I've got a chance for the summer..

"I won't give up on it and hopefully I'll show I'm good enough."