Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's Will Grigg and Liam Boyce in duel for Euro 2016 finals spot

By Graham Luney

Michael O'Neill has set the stage for a Will Grigg v Liam Boyce winner-takes-all showdown after naming both in the Northern Ireland squad to face Belarus next week.

The Windsor Park clash next Friday will be the last chance for the players to convince boss O'Neill they deserve to be included in his 23-man panel for the Euro 2016 finals in France.

O'Neill will reveal his squad for the tournament the day after the Belarus battle, so Wigan hotshot Grigg and Ross County ace Boyce will aim to book their seat on the plane alongside frontmen Kyle Lafferty, Conor Washington, Jamie Ward and Josh Magennis.

"The Belarus game is a chance to look at personnel and to give players opportunities," admitted O'Neill, who also has defensive options to consider with Daniel Lafferty, Michael Smith and Luke McCullough hoping to make it.

Northern Ireland also face Slovakia away in their final Euro 2016 warm-up game on June 4.


Belfast Telegraph