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Fergie preparing for fight on two fronts

The Northern Irishman on EURO 2020 and more..

25 March 2020

Shane Ferguson should currently be preparing for one of the biggest games of his career.

After an intense week of Sky Bet Championship fixtures for his Millwall side against Derby County, Barnsley and Swansea City, the 28-year-old was due to join up with the Northern Ireland squad for a daunting trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina in a EURO 2020 Play-Off Semi-Final.

However, owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, that has now been postponed, with a rearranged date to be confirmed. The tournament itself, scheduled to take place this summer, has been put back by one year.

The Green and White Army are seeking their second successive qualification for Europe's elite tournament, having reached the Last 16 of EURO 2016, securing a famous win over Ukraine in the group stages before narrowly losing to Wales.

"It's a good thing that [EURO 2020] has been put back to try and get things over the line domestically," Ferguson said to "We've got a massive game coming up [in Bosnia] and I'm trying to remain as fit as possible for that and Millwall's upcoming games.

"Everyone understands the situation, there's nothing you can do about it. The squad have all spoken and we're just waiting to see when we can get that game fit into our schedule. Whenever it comes, we'll be ready for it.

"It's a difficult time for everyone at the moment, there's a lot of uncertainty. But, we have to listen to the advice we have been given, stay at home as much as possible and hopefully it'll pass."

The left-sided player was potentially set to have a busy summer anyway, but with the 2019/20 domestic campaign to finish alongside qualifiers for next summer's tournament, it will be business as usual for the former Newcastle United man - and he echoes the thoughts of many that the season needs to be completed. 

"Yes, 100% [it should resume]. I can't see any other way. With the amount of work everyone has put in this season, it'll be devastating for it just to finish now. Everyone wants to see it through to the end and make it as fair as possible for everyone.

"I really hope matches aren't played behind closed doors, the fans are a massive part of games and it would be a shame if they couldn't come. There's a lot of stuff being said at the moment, but myself and the rest of the lads don't want things behind closed doors."

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