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Army conscript must do his national duty before getting call-up

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Daniel O’Shaughnessy keeps warm on the sidelines during Finland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Liechtenstein which saw the country reach its first major finals last month. Photo: James Williamson / AMA/Getty Images

Daniel O’Shaughnessy keeps warm on the sidelines during Finland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Liechtenstein which saw the country reach its first major finals last month. Photo: James Williamson / AMA/Getty Images

Daniel O’Shaughnessy keeps warm on the sidelines during Finland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Liechtenstein which saw the country reach its first major finals last month. Photo: James Williamson / AMA/Getty Images

Finnish international Daniel O’Shaughnessy may be the only Irish man at this summer’s Euros but for now he’s more concerned with completing his military service.

The HJK Helsinki centre-half, who can also play left-back, has adapted to a different type of defensive duty at Santahamina military base just outside the Nordic nation’s capital.

Although born and living in Finland, he holds dual nationality as his father Robert hails from Galway.


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