Newcastle defender Paul Dummett explains consolation that's come from being left out of Wales' Euro 2016 squad

General view outside St James' Park

The defender has had to look on as his country surprise many by reaching the semi-final of the competition.

Paul Dummett celebrates after scoring the third goal for NewcastlePaul Dummett

Paul Dummett has claimed that the fact that he will definitely be available for Newcastle's first game of the new season is acting as a small consolation for the fact that he missed out on Wales' squad for the European Championship, the Chronicle reports.

The 24-year-old was named in Chris Coleman's provisional squad for the tournament in France but ultimately missed out when the squad was cut down to 23.

Wales head coach Chris ColemanWales head coach Chris Coleman

And while he would be forgiven for feeling extremely disappointed - especially given the side's achievements in reaching the semi-final - he explained that being able to concentrate on helping the Magpies throughout the summer has helped him get over the anguish.

"In some ways I have to take the positives of it," he told the Chronicle.

"If I had gone I might have missed the first game of the season with Newcastle.

"The positive side is that I am here training with Newcastle and getting ready to look ahead."

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action with Newcastle's Paul Dummett

With Rafael Benitez's men gearing up for a year in the Championship, it is hardly surprising that there have been several changes amongst the playing squad in terms of incomings and outgoings. 

And with that level of change, Benitez will be pleased to have the stalwarts of the side - of which, Dummett is arguably one - available to him as it is his first chance to really spend time instilling his philosophy in the squad, while those players are also crucial in helping the likes of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle settle in to life with the club following their summer moves to St James' Park.

And while any joy over what Wales may go on to achieve this summer will be tinged with disappointment for the full-back, that sadness will be completely forgotten if the work he has done since the start of pre-season helps Newcastle secure their top flight return at the first time of asking.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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