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The rise of Conor Washington…Could he be on the plane to Euro 2016?

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When you saw your postman this morning could you imagine him playing international football in six years time?

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QPR striker Conor Washington has followed that route, scoring his first international goal on his home debut on Monday evening, six years after earning his wages as the local delivery man.

The 23-year-old, who was born in Chatham but has Northern Irish roots through his grandmother, began his career at non-league St Ives.

Washington soon began to grab the attention of bigger clubs as he scored 52 goals in 50 appearances whilst still in his latter teen years.

The young striker was picked up by then Conference side Newport County. The club earnt promotion to League Two via the play-offs in Washington’s debut season but he failed to hit the same heights as he did lower down the Football League ladder.

Washington scored just five goals in two seasons but his raw ability caught the eyes of Peterborough United, a club renowned for finding and developing lower league talent.

After a deal was confirmed, Washington re-found his scoring touch as he became the focal point of the Posh attack. He scored 27 goals in 82 appearances before joining Championship side Queens Park Rangers for around £2.5 million.

Despite being used sparingly and failing to get off the mark as of yet for the promotion chasers, Washington stole the interest of Northern Ireland who called him up to their senior squad at the end of March.

Washington made his debut against Wales, before scoring his first international goal against Slovenia just days later.

The goal raised questions of whether he should be involved in the Northern Ireland Euro 2016 squad. Would you include him? Have your say in the comments below!


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