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Kyle Lafferty's wedding may be postponed for Northern Ireland Euro 2016 fixture

By Adrian Rutherford

Kyle Lafferty could be swapping one big match for another if Northern Ireland qualify for next summer's European Championships.

The striker and his fiancée Vanessa Chung had earmarked a June 2016 date for their wedding.

But Northern Ireland's charge towards Euro 2016 is forcing them to reconsider those plans.

The Green and White Army sit second in qualifying Group F.

A win over Romania tomorrow evening will move them into top spot - and a huge step closer to next summer's finals in France.

Lafferty admits their fine run has caused an unexpected problem.

"I was getting married next summer but now I've had to go and arrange it around (the tournament)," he said.

"It's a good feeling to be thinking the wedding can't be on this day because we could be in France with my country playing in the finals."

Lafferty and Vanessa, a 22-year-old aspiring Miss Scotland, were first reported to be dating earlier this year.

They had planned to marry next summer.

Lafferty said: "My fiancée has been absolutely fantastic.

"I've said in the past about Michael (O'Neill) bringing the best out of me but she has taught me to go out and prove people wrong.

"She doesn't want me to have any regrets."

Lafferty has been engaged twice before but seems determined to settle down with Vanessa, even getting her face tattooed on his arm.

The 27-year-old recently tweeted a picture of his tattoo next to the photo it was copied from, adding: "Til death do us part."

Lafferty has scored five times so far in Northern Ireland's qualifying campaign.

He is third in the goalscorers' chart, behind England forward Danny Welbeck and Germany's Thomas Muller.

Lafferty's goals are a timely boost for a player who has been in the headlines as much for his exploits off the pitch as on it in recent times.

Last summer he was axed by Italian side Palermo with the club's president branding him "unmanageable".

Maurizo Zamparini said the team coach had lost patience trying to curb his antics.

"He is an out-of-control womaniser, an Irishman without rules," he said.

"He is someone who disappears for a week and goes on the hunt for women in Milan."

It came after Lafferty was dumped by his then wife Nicola Mimnagh after he was caught sending texts to another woman.

Lafferty joined Norwich City at the start of last season but made just 14 appearances.

He ended the season playing for Turkish side Caykur Rizespor.

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