ON-LOAN Blackburn Rovers Tom Lawrence admits he needs games to make his Euro 2016 dream a reality.

The young striker impressed Wales manager Chris Coleman after he starred on his full international debut against Holland in November.

But the twice-capped Lawrence knows he cannot take his place in former Rovers defender Coleman’s squad for granted.

“The main thing I need to do is play games and if I play games I can do my talking on the pitch and I can try and force my way into the squad,” said the 21-year-old from Flintshire in north Wales.

“The more games I play the better chance I have of getting myself a spot for the Euros.

“I love every time I step on to the pitch with Wales and getting that first full cap was a delight as my family were there to see it as well.”

Lawrence played at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level for Wales while on the books of Manchester United.

But it was only after he moved to Rovers from United’s Premier League rivals Leicester City that he forced his way into the senior squad.

Lawrence, who turns 22 on Wednesday, is enjoying life at Ewood Park, where he has scored two goals in 19 appearances, and he has never considered going anywhere else on loan despite links to La Liga giants Valencia and Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Swansea City.

But, after starting half of new Rovers boss Lambert’s first eight games in charge, his advisors decided that his initial deal, which ran out last weekend, should be extended no further than the end of the month.

However there is every chance that it could be made longer and Lawrence, who was signed by Lambert’s predecessor Gary Bowyer, said: “From when I first come it’s a lot different now but I think it’s been a positive loan spell for me personally and hopefully that can continue, and we win some more games.”

Rovers head to Newport County this afternoon for an FA Cup clash having failed to score in or win any of their previous four matches.

And Lawrence, who admits he needs to find the net more, said: “Training is always positive. All the lads have knuckled down. It’s a good group of lads here.

“I think after the first five games undefeated (under Lambert) there was always a chance we’d have a little slope but I don’t think we expected to lose three straight games, so we need to get back to winning ways and scoring goals.

“We’ve had half-chances but I don’t think we’ve had too many clear-cut chances. But we do have to be more clinical when we do get them and if we do that, we should be all right.”

With League Two Newport sitting 50 places below Rovers in the Football League standings this afternoon’s encounter should provide the Championship outfit with the ideal opportunity to return to winning ways.

But, ahead of his return to his homeland, Lawrence said: “I think these games can be even more difficult than league games sometimes.

“You don’t know what to expect. So, yes, it’s going to be a tough game, and hopefully we can do a job on them.”