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Simon's joy at Euro success

13 October 2015

Simon Church says helping Wales qualify for Euro 2016 was a ‘dream come true’.

The Dons striker was on the pitch when Chris Coleman’s men, who were beaten 2-0 by Bosnia-Herzegovina, learnt they had secured a place at their first major international tournament for 57 years courtesy of Cyprus’ victory over Israel.

“We lost the game and on the pitch we didn’t really know whether we’d done it but the news eventually came across and it was a great feeling,” Church told red dot while away on international duty.

“It’s a dream come true for us getting the chance to play in a major tournament next summer. It’s been what we’ve been working for our whole international careers and you could see by the celebrations how delighted we all were.”

He continued: “It’s obviously a massive achievement from everyone but it’s been coming. The gaffer has really got us going and we’ve obviously got some really talented players. We knew it was a real possibility this campaign - the results kept coming and the more results came, the more we started to believe.”

Church featured six times during the qualification campaign and the 26-year-old will now be looking to consolidate his place in the squad between now and the finals in France next summer.

“My aim now is to cement my place in the squad for next summer and to do that I’ve got to keep playing well for Wales and MK Dons and start turning my performances into goals.”

Read the full interview with Church in this Saturday’s edition of red dot, which will be available to buy from the Box Office at stadiummk and sellers around the ground on matchday.

The forward also discusses life at the Dons, his and his fellow strikers’ recent form and the upcoming fixtures with Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town.

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