AFC Bournemouth: Benji Buchel targets game time in Liechtenstein international quest

CHERRIES STOPPER: AFC Bournemouth's Benji Buchel

CHERRIES STOPPER: AFC Bournemouth's Benji Buchel

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

HOPEFUL Benji Buchel believes regular club football can help him nail down the Liechtenstein number one jersey.

The Cherries development squad goalkeeper earned his sixth international cap in a 5-1 friendly defeat to Belarus in May, replacing Cengiz Bicer at half-time.

Liechtenstein are due to take on Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro and Moldova in Euro 2016 qualifying, with the campaign kicking off in September.

Buchel is currently competing with the experienced Peter Jehle and the Switzerland-born Bicer for a starting berth.

And the 24-year-old is hopeful of pushing himself to the forefront of national boss Rene Pauritsch’s thinking by the time Liechtenstein journey face Russia in Moscow on September 8.

The Dean Court stopper told the Daily Echo: “It’s always nice to be involved with Liechtenstein.

“But first I think I have to be playing for a club regularly, so the national team coach sees he can play me.

“When I don’t play for a club, it’s difficult to play in the national team. They haven’t really said that, but it’s obvious.

“The first-choice goalkeeper (Jehle) is getting a bit older now and he has played a lot of games, but when I look ahead to the next two years I want to get more caps for my country.

“The big games are why you play professional football. It’s all about the big-stage events and the big teams.

“I’m quite fortunate that I’m from a small country and am able to play games for them.”

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