Top 10 Championship players at Euro 2016: Number 9 - Blackburn Rovers and Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy

Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy and Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum in action

The late comer to the squad will be pushing for a start.

Shane Duffy celebrates scoring the first goal for Blackburn

The European Championships in France are coming up and whilst much of the attention will be on those players who ply their trade in some of the best leagues in the world, there will be plenty of players from the Championship involved as well.

So who makes our list of the top ten players at the Euros from England’s second tier?

The likes of Wolves Dave Edwards, Derby’s Jeff Hendrick and Burnley’s Tom Heaton have all missed out – so who comes in at number nine?

Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy and Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum in action

Shane DuffyBlackburn Rovers and Republic of Ireland

The former Everton talent has made a late surge into the Ireland squad and rightly so after a fantastic season in the Championship at Ewood Park.

Everton's Shane Duffy (L) and Dundee United's Johnny Russell in action

The bullish and uncompromising centre-back has been excellent this term and, if you ask a Blackburn fan, has been the best defender in the division throughout 2015-16.

  PositionTeamAerial WonTotal ClearanceAppearancesMins Played
Shane Duffy DF Blackburn 302 258 41 3,611
Curtis Davies DF Hull City 224 257 41 3,546
Christophe Berra DF Ipswich 220 275 43 3,870
Grant Hanley DF Blackburn 213 171 44 3,909
Harlee Dean DF Brentford 211 265 42 3,761

The Blackburn star has won more aerial balls than any other defender in the Championship this season and will be hoping to beat Richard Keogh, John O’Shea and Ciaran Clark to a starting spot in France.

Blackburn's Shane Duffy with the goal of the season award before the match

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