Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland v Germany: Stuart Dallas savouring special occasion in Paris

By Steven Beacom

Stuart Dallas is relishing a 'special night' against Germany in Paris.

Six years ago, the Leeds United winger was playing for Coagh United and now he is in the City of Lights hoping to shine against the World Champions in Euro 2016.

Dallas was superb in last week's 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Lyon and is keen to have a crack at Joachim Low's men in the French capital, knowing it will be an occasion to savour.

"Playing the World Champions in Paris is going to be special," said Dallas.

"Every game here that we play is sensational and for the Germany match our aim will be to go and get a result and give ourselves the best chance of progressing."

Former Crusaders ace Dallas insisted that manager Michael O'Neill will have left no stone unturned in his preparation by the time the teams walk out to play this evening in the Parc des Princes.

On the changes for the Ukraine game that saw Dallas make his first start in the tournament, Dallas said: "That's one thing about us. The manager has every player in good shape and we all know our jobs which is very important.

"Beating Ukraine wasn't just about the 11 players who started or the 14 who played.

"This was about the squad. Everyone plays their part. I think that is why we are such a tight-knit squad. We have that togetheness. Everyone is pulling in that one direction and you saw that against Ukraine.

"It was an unbelievable feeling to win that game. I don't think too many gave us a chance against Ukraine but we deserved our victory."

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