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Northern Ireland players celebrate the final Windsor park home game before the Euro finals. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland players celebrate the final Windsor park home game before the Euro finals. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Will Grigg. Pic kevin Scott

Will Grigg. Pic kevin Scott

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Northern Ireland players celebrate.

Northern Ireland players celebrate.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland  captain Steve Davis celebrates with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland captain Steve Davis celebrates with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland   Goal Scorers , Conor Washington, Will Grigg and Kyle Lafferty  after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland Goal Scorers , Conor Washington, Will Grigg and Kyle Lafferty after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland  captain Steve Davis celebrates with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland captain Steve Davis celebrates with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland  captain Steve Davis celebrates with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland captain Steve Davis celebrates with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland  Manager Michael O'Neill  after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players celebrate with the fans after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland players during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland players during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland  Manager Michael O'Neill  after  this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill after this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016

Vauxhall International Challenge Match Northern Ireland Vs Belarus at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.  Left to right.  Northern Ireland win the match 3-0 and are givien a send of as they head to France for the Euro's.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 Vauxhall International Challenge Match Northern Ireland Vs Belarus at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast. Left to right. Northern Ireland win the match 3-0 and are givien a send of as they head to France for the Euro's. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Irelands Kyle Lafferty gets his shorts pulled down during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Irelands Kyle Lafferty gets his shorts pulled down during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Irelands Kyle Lafferty gets his shorts pulled down during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Irelands Kyle Lafferty gets his shorts pulled down during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Irelands Kyle Lafferty gets his shorts pulled down during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Irelands Kyle Lafferty gets his shorts pulled down during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland celebrate   during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland celebrate during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland celebrate   during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland celebrate during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Irelands Michael O'Neill during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Irelands Michael O'Neill during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Irelands  Steven Davis  during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Irelands Steven Davis during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   27/05/2016
Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Ireland celebrate   during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Ireland celebrate during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Belarus  Friendly International
Northern Irelands Steven Davis during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park.
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/05/2016 Northern Ireland v Belarus Friendly International Northern Irelands Steven Davis during this evenings Friendly International at Windsor park. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (R), Will Grigg (C) and Conor Washington (L) after the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (R), Will Grigg (C) and Conor Washington (L) after the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Ireland fans display a banner during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland fans display a banner during a celebration send-off before the team leaves for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the players leave for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland players during a celebration send-off before the players leave for Euro 2016 after the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Kyle Lafferty of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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 Will Grigg scores in action during the friendly between Northern Ireland and Belarus as the last home game before heading to the Euros. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye

Will Grigg scores in action during the friendly between Northern Ireland and Belarus as the last home game before heading to the Euros. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (left) celebrates with team-mate Kyle Lafferty (centre) after scoring his side's second goal during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (left) celebrates with team-mate Kyle Lafferty (centre) after scoring his side's second goal during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas (left) and Belarus' Nikolai Yanush battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas (left) and Belarus' Nikolai Yanush battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (11) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (11) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington (R) of Northern Ireland scores during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington (R) of Northern Ireland scores during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington (R) of Northern Ireland scores during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington (R) of Northern Ireland scores during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Belarus' Igor Shitov (left) and Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Belarus' Igor Shitov (left) and Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Ireland's fans celebrate the second goal against Belarus during an international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland's fans celebrate the second goal against Belarus during an international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty rues a missed chance during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty rues a missed chance during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (R) celebrates after scoring the team's second goal against Belarus during an international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (R) celebrates after scoring the team's second goal against Belarus during an international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Northern Ireland's Conor Washington celebrates after scoring the team's second goal against Belarus during an international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington celebrates after scoring the team's second goal against Belarus during an international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on May 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (left) and Belarus' Nikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington (left) and Belarus' Nikita Korzun battle for the ball during the International Friendly at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington (L) of Northern Ireland and Mikita Korzun (R) of Belarus during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Conor Washington (L) of Northern Ireland and Mikita Korzun (R) of Belarus during the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates his goal during tonight's game at Windsor Park, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty celebrates his goal during tonight's game at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Roy Carroll in action during the friendly between Northern Ireland and Belarus as the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Roy Carroll in action during the friendly between Northern Ireland and Belarus as the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016
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Northern Ireland  Kyle Lafferty challenged by  Belarus  Ihar Shitau and  Mikhail Hardzeichuk    during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty challenged by Belarus Ihar Shitau and Mikhail Hardzeichuk during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Roy Carroll in action during the friendly between Northern Ireland and Belarus as the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Northern Ireland  Chris Baird      and Belarus  Maksim Valadzko    during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Chris Baird and Belarus Maksim Valadzko during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Northern Ireland   Steven Davis    and Belarus Nikita Korzun      during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Steven Davis and Belarus Nikita Korzun during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Northern Ireland  Stuart Dallas   and Belarus   Ihar Shitau     during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Stuart Dallas and Belarus Ihar Shitau during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Northern Ireland  Stuart Dallas    and Belarus  Mikhail Hardzeichuk     during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Stuart Dallas and Belarus Mikhail Hardzeichuk during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Northern Ireland  Kyle Lafferty scores a goal past  Belarus  goal keeper Andrei Harbunov    during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty scores a goal past Belarus goal keeper Andrei Harbunov during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Luke McCullough and Belarus' Siarhei Kisliak in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands XXX and Belarus' YYY in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland Legends Pat Jennings and Sammy McIlroy. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland Legends Pat Jennings and Sammy McIlroy. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

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Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland Legend Pat Jennings. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland Legend Pat Jennings. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

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Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland Legends Pat Jennings and Sammy McIlroy. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland Legends Pat Jennings and Sammy McIlroy. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

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Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland President Jim Shaw. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland President Jim Shaw. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

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Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland President Jim Shaw. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA pictured at the National Stadium, Windsor Park with Northern Ireland President Jim Shaw. The Minister wished the Northern Ireland team every success as they continue their preparations for the European Championship Finals in France.

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands XXX and Belarus' YYY in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands XXX and Belarus' YYY in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Paddy McNair and Belarus' Siarhei Krivets in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Paddy McNair and Belarus' Siarhei Krivets in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Roy Carroll celebrating in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Roy Carroll celebrating in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Roy Carroll celebrating in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Roy Carroll celebrating in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Score 1-0 vs Belarus in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Score 1-0 vs Belarus in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Score 1-0 vs Belarus in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Kyle Lafferty and Stuart Dallas pose with fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Kyle Lafferty and Stuart Dallas pose with fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Windsor Park in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Windsor Park in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Amy and Callum Lister from Belfast in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Amy and Callum Lister from Belfast in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Windsor Park in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Windsor Park in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Amy and Callum Lister from Belfast in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Amy and Callum Lister from Belfast in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Andy and  Micky Longstaff from Crumlin in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Andy and Micky Longstaff from Crumlin in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016

Vauxhall International Challenge Match Northern Ireland Vs Belarus at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.  Left to right.  Flag bearers Sara Lockhead, Benjamin Jackson and Jody Burns.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 Vauxhall International Challenge Match Northern Ireland Vs Belarus at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast. Left to right. Flag bearers Sara Lockhead, Benjamin Jackson and Jody Burns. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Windsor Park in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Windsor Park in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Heather and Keith Cassell with Kate Turner in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Simon and Martin Thompson with Jeff Patterson in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Simon and Martin Thompson with Jeff Patterson in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016

Vauxhall International Challenge Match Northern Ireland Vs Belarus at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.  Left to right.  Flag bearers Jody Burns, Alex Corr, Sara Lockhead and Benjamin Jackson

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2016 Vauxhall International Challenge Match Northern Ireland Vs Belarus at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast. Left to right. Flag bearers Jody Burns, Alex Corr, Sara Lockhead and Benjamin Jackson Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands Graeme Beggs and family in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands David and Adam Orr in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - May 27, Pictured is Northern Irelands David and Adam Orr in action during the last home game before heading to the Euros on May 27 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016
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George Emerson with his son Cameron aged 14 from Bangor  watching Northern Ireland     and Belarus      during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye George Emerson with his son Cameron aged 14 from Bangor watching Northern Ireland and Belarus during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Jennifer Simpson and Kathleen Graham from Newtownabbey  watching Northern Ireland     and Belarus      during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Jennifer Simpson and Kathleen Graham from Newtownabbey watching Northern Ireland and Belarus during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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Darren Hamill and son Scott, aged 10, from Lisburn watching 
Northern Ireland     and Belarus      during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Darren Hamill and son Scott, aged 10, from Lisburn watching Northern Ireland and Belarus during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Matthew,Chris,Robyn and Richard Knox from Lisburn  watching 
Northern Ireland     and Belarus      during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match  at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
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Matthew,Chris,Robyn and Richard Knox from Lisburn watching Northern Ireland and Belarus during Friday night's Vauxhall Friendly International match at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: A Northern Ireland fan poses with a green beret before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: A Northern Ireland fan poses with a green beret before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair high-fives some fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair high-fives some fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair high-fives some fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair high-fives some fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Belarus players take a stroll on the pitch before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Belarus players take a stroll on the pitch before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland players pictured before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland players pictured before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (L) and Stuart Dallas (R) pose with fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (L) and Stuart Dallas (R) pose with fans before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Belarus players take a stroll on the pitch before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Belarus players take a stroll on the pitch before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland players pictured before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Northern Ireland players pictured before the international friendly game between Northern Ireland and Belarus on May 26, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland players celebrate the final Windsor park home game before the Euro finals. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty has revealed that he considered quitting the international scene three years ago following his lowest point in a green shirt.

In 2013, the striker, who celebrated his 50th cap on Friday night with a goal in the 3-0 home friendly win over Belarus, was needlessly red carded in a 4-2 home defeat to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier leading to criticism of the 28-year-old from all quarters, including the supporters.

The Fermanagh man admits the reaction hurt him so much that he thought about his future with Northern Ireland, but following conversations with manager Michael O'Neill and captain Steven Davis, he decided to continue.

Since then he has become a talisman for the team, scoring seven goals in the successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Today, with the team due to depart Belfast for a training camp in Austria ahead of Saturday's friendly in Slovakia and the Euro finals in France, a Northern Ireland side without Lafferty would be unthinkable.

Speaking about how far he has come since that night in September 2013, Lafferty said: "I didn't think I'd see 50 caps. I wasn't even thinking about the next cap. I read stuff in the papers, I also read some stuff fans were saying that I should never wear the green shirt again and it hurt.

"I did think about chucking it but I spoke to Michael (O'Neill) and players like Davo (Steven Davis) and they basically talked me out of it. They made me realise I was too young to quit and now we are going to the Euro 2016 finals, which is incredible."

Belfast Telegraph