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Vokes Hoping To Impress On Wales Duty

23 March 2016

Sam Vokes says he is hoping for the chance to impress Wales boss Chris Coleman in what he describes as ‘two big games’ over the international break.

The Clarets striker has netted 10 goals in his last 14 games in all competitions, with the last coming in the 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday.

And now ahead of Wales’ UEFA Euro 2016 warm-up double header against Northern Ireland and Ukraine, the 26-year-old is determined to replicate scintillating club form for his country.

Speaking to the assembled press at the Vale Resort, he said: “It's two big fixtures for us, two big games against teams who are also going to the tournament.

“I feel really good at the minute. I missed the start of the last campaign through injury and it's not my call, but I hope I get the chance to go on the pitch and show what I'm all about.

“I love coming away with Wales, it's where you want to be. The gaffer's done brilliant for us and I'm sure he will do in the future.”

Vokes is pictured with AFC Bournemouth defender Shaun McDonald in training yesterday at Vale Resort

Wales face a Northern Ireland side that could include Clarets defender Danny Lafferty at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday 24th March, before travelling to Kiev four days later.

They will be without Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and forward Hal Robson-Kanu for the games, which could present opportunity for a starting berth for Vokes.

And while he is disappointed to be without the services of some key players, Vokes feels the younger players in the group could benefit from the experience.

He added: “The lads have been away at their clubs for four months, playing a different and different ways of training.

“It’s a big thing for me to go away for these 10 days and show that France is where I want to be in the summer.

“Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale have been fantastic for us in the group stage and qualifying.

“They are big players for us, but it does offer the younger players the chance to impress.”

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