Browne goals a bonus for PNE

Alan Browne is in action today for Republic of Ireland Under-21s
Alan Browne is in action today for Republic of Ireland Under-21s
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Glynn Snodin is pleased to see Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne back among the goals for club and country.

The 20-year-old netted his first PNE goal of the campaign against Sheffield Wednesday before the international break.

He was on target for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in a 3-0 win against Lithuania last Friday.

Later today, Browne is set to start for the Irish against Italy in Vicenza.

Then it is back to Preston to start preparations for the visit of Cardiff to Deepdale on Saturday.

North End No.2 Snodin told the Evening Post: “Alan has been doing very well since he got back into the team.

“He is a player who got a lot of energy and will get around the pitch for you.

“The lad has now started scoring some goals, which can be a big part of his game.

“He is a good size and can be a big threat in the box and in the air.

“I think Alan has got a very bright future ahead of him and is progressing as a player.

“Last season he had a little dip, which young players tend to do.

“He has recovered from that and grabbed the shirt when the chance came his way a few weeks ago.

“What we have stressed to Alan is the need to keep the game simple.

“When he does that, he looks a top player and I’m sure he will keep pushing on.

“It was only a couple of years ago that he came to us and it is probably only 18 months or so since his debut.”

Jordan Pickford is also playing international football tonight, the PNE goalkeeper in the England Under-21s side to face Kazakhstan at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Bailey Wright was back training with North End yesterday after returning from playing for Australia.

Meanwhile, Snodin says the PNE squad have worked well during the international break and are looking forward to getting stuck into the task of trying to climb away from the Championship drop zone.

He said: “During these breaks, the first week is quite difficult because you don’t have a league game on the Saturday to prepare for.

“We used last week to get some good work into the lads before being able to give them the weekend off.

“Last week some of the lads played in a game at Blackburn, that got 90 minutes into them.

“It was a younger Blackburn team we played, one which wanted to work hard and run, so it was a good game from a fitness point of view.

“We should have played at Liverpool on Friday but with Brendan Rodgers going and the new manager arriving, unfortunately that one fell by the wayside.

“Instead we had an intense training session here and got plenty of work into them.

“This week it is all about getting ready for Cardiff and sharpening the focus on that.

“We’ve still got one or two of the international players away but there’s plenty of work we can get done.”