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Northern Ireland football stars and thousands of fans appear on billboards ahead of Euro 2016 finals

A series of striking billboard posters have been released ahead of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

The Irish Football Association has turned thousands of photographs of the Green and White Army into giant posters of the Northern Ireland team featuring the players' names, hometowns and the campaign slogan #daretodream.

The giant billboards of the Northern Ireland squad and manager Michael O’Neill will go up across the country from the start of next week as the excitement around EURO 2016 begins.

With representatives from every county in Northern Ireland selected in the extended squad, the billboards also feature the name of the player’s home town. From Kesh to Cookstown and Donaghmore to Dungannon the giant posters will be displayed in or near the place where each player grew up.

There are also billboards for those players who qualify to play for the country through ancestry. Eye-catching images of squad members such as Jamie Ward, Oliver Norwood and Conor Washington will be displayed in sites across Belfast.

Jim Shaw, Irish FA President, said: “These billboards are a fantastic way of showcasing the players as the heroes that they are.

“Each one is a work of art in itself and they really demonstrate in a dynamic way that every part of Northern Ireland will be represented when the team runs onto the pitch in France.

"By showcasing the players as heroes in their own home town we hope to inspire the next generation of players, currently playing football in the parks and streets of their area, that they too could one day represent Northern Ireland in a major football tournament.

“The use of fan pictures to make up the billboard also highlights the breadth of support that this squad has and I have no doubt that the whole country will get behind Michael O’Neill and his players in the coming weeks.”

The official Northern Ireland squad of 23 players for EURO 2016 will be announced on 28th May at 12pm.

Northern Ireland's opening Euro 2016 game is just over three weeks away.

They kick off against Poland in Nice on June 12. Michael O'Neill's side also face Ukraine and Germany.

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