West Brom team-mates have offered advice on Euro 2016, Northern Ireland's McAuley claims

West Brom's Gareth McAuley after the match

Gareth McAuley and team-mate Jonny Evans are preparing for their first ever international tournament this summer.

West Brom's Gareth McAuley after the matchWest Brom's Gareth McAuley after the match

Speaking to World Soccer, West Bromwich Albion veteran Gareth McAuley claims he has sought out advice from his club team-mates on what to expect from his first ever major international tournament this summer. 

McAuley, alongside Baggies team-mate Jonny Evans, are currently gearing up for Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 opener with Poland in Nice on Sunday, in what will be the Green and White Army's first appearance at a major tournament since 1986. 

And, after accepting his inexperience, the 36-year-old admits he has taken advice from team-mates Jonas Olsson and James McClean who both played at Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland. 

"I've been talking to big Jonas Olsson, who has been with Sweden, as well as James McClean, who went with the Republic of Ireland," McAuley told World Soccer.

"Jonas was saying no-one expected them to qualify the last time and there was no expectation on them.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill celebrates with his team at the end of the matchNorthern Ireland are currently preparing for their first tournament in 30 years

"But that meant they didn’t apply themselves as they would have liked and that is something we can learn from. We aren't there to make up the numbers."

An unbeaten run of 12 games - the longest of any team at Euro 2016 - will leave Michael O'Neill's men confident of making an impression on the tournament, although they will still be regarded as underdogs by many. 

Following Sunday's opener, Northern Ireland take on Ukraine on June 16th, before facing world champions Germany on June 21st.

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