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Biggest game in 20 years

27 May 2015

Northern Ireland are mounting a serious challenge to qualify for their first ever appearance in the European Championship finals and Caolan Lavery wants to be a part of that history.

At the halfway point in the Euro 2016 qualification group stage, the Irish are four points clear in second place – and should that be the case after five more games, then they will make it to the finals in France.

Lavery says many claim the forthcoming qualification clash with Romania, who are one point ahead at the top, is the biggest game for the country in 20 years.

That fixture will be played on Saturday 13 June but before then, a friendly with Qatar is next-up on Sunday.

Lavery said: “It would mean the world to me to help Northern Ireland get to France.

“Every player dreams of playing for their country as it is the biggest honour there is and I’m no different.

“If I was to help play a part in qualifying or be involved in the Championships, it would be something I would never forget.”

Victory over Romania would put Northern Ireland in pole position to qualify and Lavery is optimistic.

“It is a big game for the country,” he said. “A lot of people are claiming it’s one of the biggest games in the last 20 years.

“We have beaten some big nations, including Greece away from home so the boys are together and full of confidence. We are on the up and, if we win this game, it will set us up nicely for our remaining four games.

“It is not a make or break game but it would definitely be a good one to win.”

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