Date: 31st May 2016 at 6:40pm
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Burnley striker Sam Vokes has booked his place at this summer’s European Championships in France having been handed a final 23 man call up by Chris Coleman.

Having had a solid campaign with Burnley, taking the Championship title and earning promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, the 26 year old will top off his 2015/16 season in style by hopefully getting good minutes at what is Wales’ first major tournament in over 50 years.

If he takes to the pitch with the side in the Group B kick off against Slovakia on Saturday June 11, he will also become the first Burnley player to appear at the European Championships.

After Slovakia, they face England and then Russia and with it being the first major tournament since the World Cup in 1958, it’s also their first Euros, so they will be hoping to reach the knock out stages.

Reacting to the call up today, Vokes told the Official Site.

‘It`s obviously a privilege to be named in any Welsh squad but particularly one going into a major tournament. I`ve enjoyed a great season with Burnley, and this tops everything off. It`s the first time the country has been at the Euros and we`ve been training hard for two weeks in preparation. The build-up has been intense and you do get the feeling that it`s a real occasion for Wales to be involved. Now the 23 names have been announced it feels that little bit closer and I just can`t wait to kick on. We`ve a friendly against Sweden next week and then straight on to France.’

With England to come, he ended by saying.

‘They will all be massive occasions and I`m really looking forward to the atmosphere at the games. Everyone will look to the England game, but there are two other massive games in the group and first and foremost the job is to do well in the group.’

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