Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland should have no regrets at Euro 2016, urges hero Pat Jennings

By Steven Beacom

Goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings has told the current Northern Ireland players to stick together in the Euro 2016 finals.

Jennings has vast experience of playing in major tournaments, having been his country's number one in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

Asked to give Michael O'Neill's men one piece of advice ahead of the finals in France, Jennings said: "I'd tell this group of players not to leave anything in the dressing room. Give it your best shot.

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"We qualified for World Cups in 1982 and 1986, but never made the Euros, and in tournaments like this there's no use having regrets after the match or thinking you could have done a bit more.

"Don't regret that you didn't run that extra 10 yards to close someone down. It's the little things.

"You also have to stick together as a team."

Jennings believes that captain Steven Davis will be the star turn for Northern Ireland in France.

"Davis has had a brilliant season for Southampton and scored twice recently against Tottenham - my team," said the goalkeeper with a smile.

"If he played for another country, he'd be a superstar.

"He works hard, gets on with it, contributes to the team, keeps the team together and also scores goals from midfield. You just can't ask for any more than that."

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