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Kyle Lafferty: I will carry on scoring for Northern Ireland

By Steven Beacom

Published 11/11/2015

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Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty has issued his intent to carry on scoring before, during and after the Euro 2016 finals.

Lafferty netted seven times in nine qualifying games taking his international total to 16 to date, making him the country's second most prolific goalgetter behind the record-breaking David Healy.

The good news for manager Michael O'Neill is that Lafferty is far from finished.

Relishing the prospect of playing in France next year, he is determined to continue his form in the friendlies prior to the finals, starting at home to Latvia on Friday night.

And once at the tournament the 28-year-old aims to make a big impression.

"I want to keep scoring for my country," said Lafferty.

"I had a good run in the Euro qualifiers and want to maintain that form in the run up to the finals and make an impact when I'm there.

"After that I believe I have two or three more campaigns left in me and my aim is to keep performing well for Northern Ireland."

Lafferty, who is rarely in action for his club Norwich City these days, indicated that he may have to leave the Carrow Road outfit in the January transfer window.

"This may be my only major tournament so I want to be in the best shape of my life and I need to be playing to do that," he said.

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