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Lawrence eager for first Wales start

13 November 2015

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Tom Lawrence hopes to add to his one cap for Wales when they face the Netherlands at the Cardiff City Stadium this Friday evening.

After featuring as a second half substitute for the Welsh as they ended their successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Andorra last month, the Rovers loanee could be set for his first start in tonight's friendly match. 

With the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes absent, Lawrence is eager to seize his opportunity with places for next summer's finals in France up for grabs.

"If the manager decides to pick me I'll be ready to put on a shirt and give my all for the team, and hopefully I can deliver," said Lawrence.

"I felt my performance against Andorra was good and players in this squad have shown before they can step in and do well when others are injured.

"Making the squad for France is always in the back of your mind, it would be massive for me and my family.

"You've just got to perform as well as you can for your club and hopefully you'll be in contention for France."

Adam Henley is also with the Wales squad, the defender is yet to earn his first senior cap.

Elsewhere on international duty this Friday are Shane Duffy, Lee Williamson, Corry Evans, Darragh Lenihan and Mark Edgar.

Duffy is with the Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro qualifying play-off 1st leg against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Zenica, whilst Evans' Northern Ireland have a friendly against Latvia in Belfast.

There's a World Cup qualifier for Lee Williamson's Jamaica as they've a home tie against Panama, and Darragh Lenihan is expected to captain the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s in their UEFA Group 2 qualifier against Lithuania in Vilnius.

Mark Edgar is also with the Northern Ireland Under-19 squad for three qualifiers in Russia.

In their first match they defeated Norway 2-1, later today the play Russia in Sochi, before ending their group against Slovakia on Monday.

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