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Ward trusts in Doyle to show class in Poland

STEPHEN WARD has faith in Kevin Doyle's ability to recover from a disappointing season with club and country and deliver the goods for Ireland in Poland in June.

Ward found himself dropped from the Wolves side a number of times this season -- 23 starts in 35 league games -- and he also had bad times with Ireland, scoring just once in the last nine internationals.

That drop in form, combined with his club's relegation from the Premier League, is a concern ahead of the Euro 2012 finals but club-mate Ward says that Doyle's as sharp as ever.

"Kevin is the same as he always was, he's the ultimate professional, he still has a smile on his face even though it's been a tough season for him," says Ward.

"He's had a hard year, strikers are there to score goals and Kevin hasn't scored as many as he'd have liked, and he'd like to have played more games for us, but he still has the same quality he always had and I'd have no worries about him for the summer.

"I see him every day and his form is still good, his mood hasn't dropped even though he's been in and out of the team, and he showed in the few minutes he played against Manchester City on Sunday that he still has what it takes, the same in the Arsenal game when he was only stopped from scoring by a tremendous save by the Arsenal keeper.

"He's been feeding off scraps here at Wolves and hasn't had the chances he'd have liked but he's a quality player and I think we'll see the best of him at the Euros."


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