Northern Ireland can clinch their place in Euro 2016 with a win at home against Greece on Thursday night and the home side will want to get it out of the way after failing to wrap it up against Hungary last time out.
Stuart Dallas knows Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying fate lies in their own hands – and now they are ready to deliver.
The Northern Irishmen require just two points to seal their passage to the finals of the competition due to be held in France next summer.
Dallas believes the opportunity is ripe for others to stake a claim and secure the three points that will take Northern Ireland to a first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
“Two attracts or one win does us”.
“There is a real togetherness amongst all the players and we know that everyone is important”.
“We have players suspended, but the confidence and belief is there that we can put in a big performance”, said the Leeds United winger. “All we can do is look after ourselves and focus on Greece”.
Unfortunately for O’Neill, Lafferty is suspended for the game at the partly-renovated Windsor Park, but West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley should be fit although doubts remain about his club mate and former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. Michael has shown great faith in his whole squad and that’s what it’s about in worldwide football.
“We have got a few really good players in the squad who have been unfortunate not to play more in the campaign, but now there will be an opportunity for a few of them to come in”.