Northern Ireland forward Stuart Dallas has said that the country’s never-say-die attitude can enhance their prospects of qualifying for Euro 2020. Michael O’Neill’s side have excelled with four straight wins to begin their qualifying campaign and this sees them at the top of their group until September at the least.
“Especially at this stage of the season it is difficult with us being out of season. The shape we’ve kept ourselves in, the fitness levels and the preparation Michael and the staff have put in in Manchester at two training camps, another in Austria and then the two games, it’s been a long couple of weeks. But it’s all worthwhile.”
Northern Ireland still have Germany and Netherlands to face in the group but the streak of victories has surely given them the platform to spring a surprise during the forthcoming internationals. Similarly to them, Germany have a 100 percent record with three victories out of three for the qualifying campaign but the same cannot be said about Netherlands, who have dropped maximum points from one of their two matches.
Nonetheless, the Dutch and Belarus have the additional advantage of a playoff after topping their respective groups during the Nations League campaign and that has practically erased the importance of the third spot when compared to the previous editions of qualifying. Northern Ireland have a home game against Germany when the qualifying campaign restarts in September.