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I must prove I'm the man to fire Northern Ireland in France: Kyle Lafferty

By Steven Beacom

Kyle Lafferty has insisted he must continue to prove he is Northern Ireland's main man in attack to fulfil his Euro 2016 finals dream.

Given his sensational performances in the successful Euro qualifying campaign, the thought of Lafferty not starting in the opening group game in France against Poland in June would be unthinkable for Northern Ireland fans, but the Fermanagh man says he won't take anything for granted.

And now that he has made a loan move to Birmingham City until the end of the season after being frozen out at Norwich City, the 28-year-old is determined to display his fitness and firepower to Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

"What I did in the qualifiers doesn't mean I am going to start at the Euros. I still have to give my all and show Michael I am still hungry and am the right man to lead the line when the first game comes in France," said Lafferty, who played in Thursday's 1-1 friendly draw in Wales and will feature again at home to Slovenia on Monday night.

On his move to Championship outfit Birmingham, Lafferty, who along with the rest of the squad is scheduled to have a fitting for their Euro suits in Belfast today, said: "Birmingham are a massive club and hopefully I can help them push for promotion."

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