Belfast Telegraph

It's a City Hall party for Michael O'Neill's Euro 2016 Northern Ireland heroes

Dallas: We aim to be a knockout in France

Well done boys: Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson welcomes Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill and his men to City Hall for a civic reception last night following their qualification for the Euro 2016 finals
Well done boys: Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson welcomes Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill and his men to City Hall for a civic reception last night following their qualification for the Euro 2016 finals
Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson pictured with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill and captain Steven Davis at a civic reception in City Hall hosted by Belfast City Council to congratulate the squad on its success in reaching the finals of the European Championship. Photo by William Cherry/Press Eye

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Stuart Dallas believes the team can make a big impact in the Euro 2016 finals.

Having qualified for the country's first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup, manager Michael O'Neill's target is to reach the knockout stages in France.

Dallas says with the current Northern Ireland side, anything is possible.

"We will be going to France to make an impact," said Dallas, who along with the rest of the squad attended a special reception at Belfast City Hall last night.

"We qualified top of our group and anyone who thinks we are just going to the finals to make up the numbers would be silly. We believe we can perform well.

"We have three group games and if we start off with a good result you never know what we can achieve."

Before then comes several friendlies, starting at home to Latvia on Friday. Dallas added: "We aim to win and keep our momentum."

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