Belfast Telegraph

Green and White Army in it to win it, says Magennis

By Matt Gault

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis believes the Green and White Army will be a force to be reckoned with in next summer's European Championships.

After the 1-0 victory over Latvia on Friday night, Magennis spoke of how confidence and spirit in the squad is at an all-time high and is excited to arrive in France and show everyone that Northern Ireland certainly aren't there just to make up the numbers.

"I think we can take on anyone really," the 25-year-old said. 

"The way we set up and the fact we've shown our discipline at this level bodes very well for us and when you have match-winners like Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty in your squad, you'll always be a formidable team."

Davis was once again the toast of Windsor Park, scoring the only goal to add to his magnificent brace against Greece in the qualifiers, and Magennis paid homage to his captain. 

The Kilmarnock striker said: "He's every cliché you can think of and without him we simply don't tick. It's great to be able to call him a team-mate and a friend and someone you can talk to." 

With the Euros coming up and competition for starting places as intense as ever, Magennis is determined to continue his hard work and fashion a regular berth in Michael O'Neill's line-up. 

"There's a lot of competition and I've done well in my first year but when you look at Lafferty, he has 16 international goals, so I know exactly what I have to do before I can nail down a place in the team.

"If I keep my head down and work hard then I know my chance will come and it will be up to me to take it."

Belfast Telegraph