McCullough out to make EURO 2016 final squad

Portadown-born Luke McCullough on show for Doncaster Rovers. Pic by Steve Parkin.
Portadown-born Luke McCullough on show for Doncaster Rovers. Pic by Steve Parkin.

Portadown-born Luke McCullough is hoping to secure a seat at the summer European Championships with an impressive performance this week across the Northern Ireland training camp.

The versatile Doncaster Rovers defender attracted plaudits for his club form in midfield towards the end of the League One campaign and will be aiming to strengthen a case for international progress.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, who was also born in Portadown, is expected to confirm his final 23-man squad on May 28 - just weeks before the nation’s first major tournament in three decades.

McCullough proved a regular member of Northern Ireland panels across the successful qualifying campaign and entered this week’s training camp determined to convince the international coaching team of his EURO 2016 value.

Preparations for the summer tournament will feature training camps plus friendly dates against Belarus and Slovakia on, respectively, May 27 and June 4.