James Chester has told the Express and Star that he is determined to remain in West Bromwich Albion’s team for the rest of the campaign, to ensure that he goes to EURO 2016 with Wales.
There were concerns that Chester would not make it to France with his country, as he was struggling to get a game over the early part of the season.
However, the former Hull City man has broken into Tony Pulis’ starting line-up more recently, and he is desperate to nail down a first-team place for the rest of the campaign.
“It’s such a huge opportunity for me,” Chester said.
“I was speaking to Fletch [Darren Fletcher] about it and of all the things he’s achieved in his career, it’s something that he’s not managed to do.
“It’s something that has great appeal for me and it’s been tough to get there, so it’s important for me to play at Albion to give myself the best chance to go there and play.”
Wales boss Chris Coleman has already outlined his selection policy, and stated that he will only pick players who are playing regularly at club level.
Chester’s place, therefore, seemed to be in jeopardy soon after his move to West Brom last summer.
The 27-year-old played just five matches for the Baggies in 2015, but he has featured far more prominently since the turn of the year.
Chester has now made 14 appearances for West Brom this season, and his good form was rewarded with a call-up to the Welsh squad for their upcoming friendlies.
Wales face off against Northern Ireland tomorrow, before taking on the Ukraine on Monday evening.