Simon Church targets Euro 2016

New Aberdeen signing Simon Church

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Simon Church has set his sights on being part of Wales squad for Euro 2016, after he completed a deadline day loan switch to Aberdeen from MK Dons.

The forward has won 33 caps for the Dragons since making his debut in 2009, and he featured on six occasions as Chris Coleman’s side secured qualification for their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

The 27-year-old was a second-half substitute as Wales booked their place at the finals against Bosnia and Herzegovina in October, but he has struggled for regular first-team football at club level during the first-half of the campaign.

Indeed the former Reading striker has only started nine league games in the Championship this season, but he is hoping his temporary switch north of the border can give him the playing time he needs to secure a place in Coleman’s squad for the Euros.

He said: “My aim now is to cement my place in the Wales squad for the summer and to do that I’ve got to keep playing well for Wales and at club level.”

Church, whose last international strike came against Macedonia in 2013, knows he will also have to start scoring more goals if he is to feature for the Welsh at their first major finals in over half a century.

He added: “I also have to start turning my performances into goals.”

Wales have been drawn in Group B for the competition where they will face England, Russia and Slovakia. Coleman’s men are available at 1.50 to reach the knockout stages, whilst they are priced at 4.33 to finish top of the group.

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