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Kyle Lafferty jokes: I'd like Brazil or Messi's Argentina in European Championships finals

Striker jokes about challenging the world's best

With Northern Ireland's qualification for France in the bag, thoughts have turned to who the team will be pitted against in the finals and Kyle Lafferty has some thoughts on the subject.

The Norwich striker joked that he fancied the likes of Brazil or Argentina in the draw.

An - almost - straight-faced Lafferty said: "If we got Argentina it would be unbelievable.

"Even Brazil - I'd like to test myself against Neymar, although I'm not sure how many goals he got in this campaign.

"It doesn't matter who we get."

It was left to Jamie Ward to inform Lafferty there would be little hope of the team lining up against Messi and co.

"I've never played against them and I'd like to in France," Lafferty deadpanned in response.

Lafferty has been the life and the soul of the party since the team's qualification and Sky Sports reporter Paul Gilmour has found himself in the firing line of the talismanic striker.

The draw for the finals takes place on December 12 and Northern Ireland could realistically face the likes of Spain, England, Iceland or Christiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

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