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Smyth's NI call-up

12 March 2019

QPR loan striker Paul Smyth has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for their Euro 2020 Group C qualifiers.

It's the third call-up for the Belfast-born frontman but the first time he will take part in the European qualifiers and admits it's 'massive' for him.

It means he will miss the League One clash at Burton Albion on March 23rd.

"I am very excited," said Smyth. "I have played three times for Northern Ireland's senior squad, once against South Korea where I scored my first senior goal and the second time on tour in America where I played against Costa Rica and Panama.

"This time we will play Estonia and Belarus both at home.

"I was surprised to be called-up as I hadn't played much at QPR but I have come here, been playing and I think that's why I have got a call-up.

"It's massive to be part of the European qualifiers, it's a big challenge but one, if I get the chance, I will relish.

"I am obviously gutted to be missing a game for Accrington but I am sure the boys will do well in my absence."

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