Belfast Telegraph

Lennon's delight at Northern Ireland success story

By Steven beacom

Neil Lennon has revealed his joy at Northern Ireland's heroic performances which have taken Michael O'Neill's team to the verge of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals.

The Bolton manager, who won 40 NI caps until forced to retire in 2002 after receiving a death threat before a friendly, has been caught up in the excitement of Northern Ireland's qualifying campaign and believes they have what it takes to beat Greece or Finland next month and make it to France next year, three decades on from the last time the nation reached the finals of a major tournament - the 1986 World Cup.

Lennon said: "We've a home game against Greece and an away game in Finland, which are both winnable. It will be a remarkable achievement to do it. Michael's done an amazing job and the players have been so resolute and mentally strong. They've been brilliant and what this does for a country like Northern Ireland is it inspires the next generation."

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