Republic of Ireland an incentive, says Newcastle United 'keeper Elliot

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The goalkeeper has been impressive for the Magpies this season.

The chance of a place in the Republic of Ireland’s squad for Euro 2016 is an extra incentive to do well for Newcastle United, goalkeeper Rob Elliot has told the club’s official website.

The 29-year-old has been something of a revelation for the relegation threatened side this season, with a series of impressive displays despite their struggles.

His performances have not gone unnoticed either, earning him a call up to Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad.

They are of course heading to France this summer for Euro 2016, and Elliot says the chance of securing his place in the squad for the tournament is an incentive to play better for his club.

"If I play well for Newcastle then I get opportunities for Ireland so there's no real balancing act to contend with," he told nufc.co.uk.

“If anything it gives me that extra incentive to perform for Newcastle. My main priority at the moment is to be doing as much as I can to help us stay in the Premier League.”

"I love playing here and I couldn't imagine a club like this not being in the top-flight so we need to make sure all of our effort and concentration goes into surviving.”

Despite Euro 2016 looming large, Elliot’s focus must be on helping to keep his side in the Premier League this season.

They re currently 19th in the table and three points from safety, with it looking likely to be a relegation battle that will go right down to the wire.

Elliot was impressive in their 1-1 draw with Sunderland last time around and is sure to play a big part in their remaining games.

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