Doncaster Rovers: South Africa star Dean Furman says Rovers must remain “switched on”

Dean Furman. Photo: Steve Uttley.

Dean Furman. Photo: Steve Uttley.

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Dean Furman wants Rovers’ attitude to be spot on when he returns from international duty.

The South African midfielder is expected to start for Bafana Bafana today against Congo, the first of a vital Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header.

But the 26-year-old has domestic matters on his mind too - and before jetting off challenged his Doncaster teammates to get their heads right for next Saturday’s trip to Fleetwood.

“We have to make sure we enter the game with Fleetwood with the same attitude we had against Scunthorpe,” said Furman.

“Our problem this season has been the inconsistency. We’ve won a game then lost a game and haven’t put back-to-back performances together.

“That’s the challenge for us, to make sure we’re switched on for the next league game.”

Furman’s international commitments have tended tp cost him his place in the Rovers team but he inists he will be ready to face Fleetwood, if selected.

“It’s tough [the travelling],” he said. “But if I can take any positive out of it there’s no time difference so there’s no jetlag, it’s just a long time on a plane.

“If I can get a good sleep, hopefully I won’t be too sluggish when I get back and I’ll be ready for Saturday.”

South Africa play in Congo today before the return fixture on Wednesday.

“They’ve won their first two games so they’re top of our group. We’re on four points just behind them so they’ll be two tough games.”

Luke McCullough is expected to start on the bench for Northern Ireland against the Faroe Islands today.