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Northern Ireland to face Croatia in November friendly

Published 28/09/2016

Michael O'Neill is excited about Northern Ireland's fixture with Croatia
Michael O'Neill is excited about Northern Ireland's fixture with Croatia

Northern Ireland will face Croatia in Belfast in a November friendly which will be their final fixture of a historic calendar year.

Michael O'Neill's side made the round-of-16 phase in their first ever European Championship finals this summer having arrived in France on the back of a record 12-match unbeaten sequence.

They face San Marino in the first international to be hosted at the fully refurbished Windsor Park next week before travelling to Germany in their World Cup qualifier double header prior to Azerbaijan's visit to Belfast in November.

And the Irish Football Association has confirmed a clash with the Croats on Tuesday, November 15 - four days after hosting Azerbaijan - has now been added to their schedule.

"This will be a great game for us," said O'Neill. "Croatia are a top-class European team and it's great that we will be playing them at home.

"We have not played a home friendly against this quality of opposition for quite some time. It will no doubt be a real test for us and it will also provide us with an opportunity to look at some of the players in our squad who have not featured in the team much before now."

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