STEVENS DREAMS OF EURO CALL-UP

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

ENDA STEVENS is look­ing to pro­pel him­self into the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land squad for Euro 2016 this sum­mer.

Stevens, 25, is the only mem­ber of Portsmouth’s squad to be ever-present this sea­son and has turned in some out­stand­ing dis­plays.

The left-back is now hop­ing his form will catch the eye of Ire­land man­ager Martin O’Neill.

“It would be a dream to earn an in­ter­na­tional call-up but I’ve got to fo­cus on my club foot­ball,” Stevens said.

“All I can do is play well for my club and hope­fully, if I do well, that will be re­warded with a call-up.”

Stevens, who signed from O’Neill’s old club, As­ton Villa, last sum­mer, is on a run of 29 con­sec­u­tive starts, which stretches back to the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber.

How­ever the de­fender is adamant he does not need a break as he looks to push the club to­wards pro­mo­tion.

“I just want to fo­cus on play­ing ev­ery game and play­ing well,” he added.

“Fit­ness is a big part of the game and, if I wasn’t fit, I wouldn’t be play­ing. I don’t want or need a rest.”

HOPE: Enda Stevens

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