Robbo’s delight at Euro trio’s accomplishments

Simon Chirch in action for Wales.
Simon Chirch in action for Wales.

Three MK Dons players celebrated with their countrymen as both Wales and Northern Ireland booked their places at Euro 2016.

Simon Church was part of Chris Coleman’s Wales squad as they ensured a place in France next summer coming second in Group B behind winners Belgium.

And Ben Reeves and Lee Hodson were part of the celebrations as Northern Ireland qualified for their first major tournament since 1982 after winning Group F with a 3-1 win over Greece last Thursday.

“It’s great for their careers and great for the club,” said Dons boss Karl Robinson. “It’s something they’ll tell their grandchildren about.

“And I hope they’ll play enough football here to get them to the European Championships.

“They’ve still got work to do. Just because they’ve helped their country quality, doesn’t mean they’re going to France.

“It’ll be great if the Republic of Ireland qualify too, with four of the home nations going to a major tournament.”

Striker Church was a regular substitute for Coleman’s side, neither Reeves nor Hodson played a part in Northern Ireland’s recent matches.

But while Ben Reeves met up with the squad still carrying an injury, Robinson said he was disappointed for Hodson, who didn’t play any part.

He said: “We’re slightly disappointed that Ben Reeves and Lee Hodson didn’t get to play.

“But Northern Ireland have to play the best team they’ve got.

“Lee has been desperately unlucky. He was our first choice, got injured and Jordan Spence took his chance.

“He’s had to wait for his chance and maybe that’s had a detrimental effect on his international career.

“Church was a big part of the Wales set up - I’m so happy for them.”