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Fantastic footballers taking NI back to those glory days

Editor's Viewpoint

What an incredible achievement by Michael O'Neill and his Northern Ireland football team, who are now just one tie away from a place in the World Cup finals in Russia. It would be the first time the province will have qualified for the final stages of the competition since the glory days of 1986.

Northern Ireland now has its highest-ever world ranking of 20 and, having reached the finals of the European Championship for the first time in 2016, it shows how the manager has moulded this group of players into a formidable team. Their spirit and attitude is unquestionable, as is the tactical nous of the manager. They have done us all proud.

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