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Windsor fear factor can make World Cup dream come true

By Graham Luney

Chris Brunt insists Northern Ireland are now a force to be afraid of and he's desperate to sample a major tournament atmosphere after injury shattered his dream of playing at the Euro 2016 finals.

Brunt was still recovering from a knee injury in France during the summer while his team-mates made it out of the group stages in the country's first finals since the 1986 World Cup.

But now he's back in business and the West Brom ace wants to shoot down Norway tomorrow in a crucial World Cup Group C qualifier at Windsor Park.

"I think teams are starting to fear coming here," said Brunt.

"In the last two or three years we have been really consistent regarding results, especially at home.

"We've given ourselves a good chance. The way things went in the summer, it was nice to experience it in some shape or form.

"Obviously not playing was disappointing so it would be nice to get to a tournament again."

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