Blackburn Rovers left-back Greg Cunningham has said he will be remaining focused on hitting top form with his new side to earn himself a spot in Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland squad.

Greg Cunningham was included in Republic of Ireland’s provisional 40-man squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria along with Blackburn Rovers teammates Derrick Williams and Darragh Lenihan before being cut from the squad along with both Lenihan and Williams.

Having been cut from the squad, Cunningham has now said that he will be working hard to earn a place in the squad, saying that he will be continuing to work hard in order to return to Mick McCarthy’s side.

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“It was just one of those things,” Cunningham said to the Lancashire Telegraph when discussing his omission from the Republic of Ireland squad.

“Over the international break it’s where you want to be, but as I wasn’t picked, I was in fan mode watching with the family.

“I want to play for my country and want to do everything to get out on the pitch. But it’s just one of those things. I just have to keep my head down, not think about it too much. I have to make sure I’m keeping my performances as consistent and as high as possible at club level. If the opportunity comes then brilliant, if not then I’ll keep working hard.”

Cunningham has been in good form since joining Blackburn Rovers in the summer transfer window, playing in five games for Rovers, allowing Derrick Williams to move into centre-back and help plug the gaps in Rovers’ defence.

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