Kevin Toner states ambitions to earn first Irish cap when he finishes being a fan in France

The young Aston Villa defender made his Premier League debut this season

Kevin Toner states ambitions to earn first Irish cap when he finishes being a fan in France

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Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner's rise to first team football came too late in the season for him to be considered for Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad, but that won't stop him from going to France in June.

The underage international has stated that he will travel to Paris, Lille and Bordeaux to cheer on his compatriots and his teammate Ciaran Clark at the European Championships. 

"I've got my flights booked and everything," he said to his club's website.

"I used to follow Ireland all the time when I was younger so I'm going to the Euros with all the people that I used to go with.

"We used to go to all the away international matches. I can't wait for it.

"I read in the papers that there are 28,000 tickets and 280,000 people applied.

"For such a small country with only five or six million people that's amazing.

"I know Ciaran is looking forward to it. The final squad is announced after Tuesday's friendly with Belarus and hopefully he's included and then I will be over supporting him and the rest of the team."

Aston Villa's Kevin Toner and Watford's Steven Berghuis in action during a Barclays Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Toner also stated his own personal ambitions to line out for the Boys in Green, hoping to become a mainstay of the side in the future.

"Hopefully one day it will be me representing Ireland. It is 100% my aim to eventually earn a call-up.

"It would be a dream for me to play for my country at senior level long-term. I want to make a big impression here at Villa, of course. And 100% I want to represent my country at the top level."

Euro 2016 kicks off on the 10th of June with Ireland's first game against Sweden in Stade de France on the 13th of June.