Simon Church: MK Dons striker wants Wales starting place

Simon Church
Church has scored two goals in 29 matches for Wales

Striker Simon Church says he hopes his move to MK Dons will help him regain a starting place in the Wales team.

The 26-year-old last started a Wales game in October 2014 and only made 19 appearances for Charlton last year.

"We're a couple of points off securing a place in the Euros next year, which would be a dream come true," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"I'm desperate to get in the squad and back in the starting line-up - to do that I need to be playing football."

Striker or no striker?
Wales did not play with a recognised striker in their Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Belgium in June - opting for Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Hal Robson-Kanu

The former Reading forward, capped 29 times by Wales, left the Addicks, for whom he scored twice last season, to move to Stadium:MK on a two-year deal in June.

He joins a club on the brink of their first ever season in the second tier and Church believes they have what it takes to compete, despite boss Karl Robinson saying they have a "bottom-three budget".

"I think the team showed last season they're more than capable of coming into this league," said Church.

"I've won the league, and played in it most of my career - there's nothing to fear with the style of play. I think we could do really well."