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Sam the Man’s Euro Dream

26 February 2014

In-form striker Sam Vokes is hoping to carry on his blistering goalscoring form for club and county in the next week.

The Welsh international goes into the weekend clash with Derby County in the form of his career, netting 18 times for Burnley this season, including eight in his last nine games.

And following his inclusion in Chris Coleman’s squad for the upcoming friendly fixture against Iceland in Cardiff next Wednesday, the Clarets striker is hoping to make a big impact on his country’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Vokes, who has 30 caps and five goals for his country, said: “It’s been good phase for me. 

“It’s been a great start to the season goal wise and I’ve been kicking on recently.

“A big thing for me now is establishing myself for Wales. Playing regularly here has been great for me this year and hopefully I can take my form on to the international stage.

“I have more belief in myself and I think that comes from playing and starting games.

“From there you can build up your confidence and your fitness and the goals have come with it.”

Vokes and Wales have been handed a favourable draw in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, being matched up with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra.

And the Clarets striker believes his country can finally end the long wait to qualify for their first even European Championships.

He added: “It’s a good group. We’ve got a tough team in Belgium; we had them in the last qualifiers for the World Cup and we know they’re a strong team.

“None of the teams are easy as they were 10 years ago though. They’ve all got strong sides and internationals are always tough fixtures, but it’s definitely a group where we can go and make a statement.”

Vokes, who will be competing with Charlton’s Simon Church to lead the Welsh line, insisted: “We’ve got a stronger now then we’ve ever had.

“The young lads that have come through have made their names at big clubs now and are playing regularly, so it would be great to qualify. 

“I think the squad we’ve got now, with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, so I think during my time it’s definitely our best chance.”

Vokes will join up with the Wales squad next week, following the Clarets top of the table clash with Derby County this Saturday at Turf Moor (Kick off 3pm).

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