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Bosnia's main striker going through a goal drought ahead of Euro 2016 play-off with Ireland

Edin Dzeko has scored just once in eight games for Roma this season.

Dzeko has scored for Roma since August.
Dzeko has scored for Roma since August.
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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA striker Edin Dzeko has scored just one goal in eight Serie A appearances for Roma since arriving from Manchester City on an initial loan at the start of the season.

While the 29-year-old admitted he has not been happy with his performances for Roma so far, he is more focused on helping the club win their first Scudetto since 2000-01.

I’m not happy, as goals are important for me, but I don’t feel oppressed,” the Roma forward said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The team is more important. I think anyone would prefer to see the team win and Dzeko stay on one goal.

“That said, the goals will come, and in any case I’ve set-up goals. I’ve always scored, and I’m sure I’ll score here, but I’m not putting pressure on myself.

“I’d be willing to continue my dry streak until the end of the season to win the title here, it doesn’t happen very often and it would be even more important than going to the European Championships with Bosnia, with whom I’ve already gone to the World Cup.”

Dzeko has fared better for his country in recent times, scoring seven goals in the current qualifying campaign.

Ireland travel to Zenica to play Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first leg of their Euro 2016 qualifier on 13 November before the return leg in Dublin three days later.

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