Former Cambridge player eyes a spot in Europe

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All White and former Cambridge FC player Chris Wood has moved a step closer to playing in Europe next season after his club Burnley strengthened its position in the English Premier League.

Striker Wood scored early against former club Leicester City overnight and lifted Burnley to a crucial 2-1 home win.

It was Wood’s ninth league goal this season and his fifth goal in five appearances since returning from two months sidelined by injury. The goal was his 11th in 25 matches across all competitions.

Wood played for Cambridge FC as a junior and made his senior debut for the Reds as a 14-year-old. He began his successful professional career after signing with West Bromwich Albion when he was 17.

This weekend’s result increases seventh-placed Burnley’s lead over eighth-placed Leicester to nine points with five rounds of the EPL remaining.

If Burnley holds onto seventh spot, Burnley will contest next season’s Europe League unless Southampton win the FA Cup.

That would provide the club with European football for the first time in more than 50 years. Burnley last played in European competition when the club featured in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup during the 1966/67 season.

At a press conference before Burnley’s match against Leicester, Wood said: “It’d be on another level. It would be another target to tick off. It’s still a long way off now, there’s still a long time to go. We’ve just got to keep knuckling down and working hard.

“At the moment we’re not thinking about that. At the end of the season, if it comes, then we can talk about it. For now it’s all about playing games.”

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