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30 March 2017

TOM Flanagan is enjoying being part of the Northern Ireland international set up and hopes the experience will add to his game.

Northern Ireland were 2-0 winners over Norway on Sunday, but the Albion defender was an unused substitute and will have to wait for his first appearance.

After returning to the Pirelli Stadium he said: “It’s really good being in and around the squad. Some of them play week in week out in the Premier League and luckily for the team but unluckily for me in similar positions to me so I have not quite got my chance yet but it’s good to train with them and see what they do day-to-day.

“It’s a very different set up as you don’t know the players anywhere near as well, you have to become part of a different group and settle in quite quickly, working out how people play so you can gel together. In the current squad they have got that down really well and that’s why they are beating teams regularly.


“You have players like Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart - they are doing and have been doing it for quite a long time and that’s shows were I want to be.”


Flanagan also kept an eye on the other Brewers players who have been on international duty.


He said: “It’s a big honour to get in the England Under 21s as the squad is full of quality players and Cauley (Woodrow) has done really well there. He kept his goal scoring run going as well and we are hoping he can bring that back to us this weekend.


“Lasse (Vigen Christensen) was skipper of the Denmark Under 21s which was a proud moment for him and Jackson (Irvine) has a really good two games for Australia.”

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