Belfast Telegraph

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Our Euro heroes are honoured with a reception at Stormont

Northern Ireland's Euro heroes were welcomed to a reception at Stormont last night by First Minister Arlene Foster and Sports Minister Paul Givan MLA.

All of the members of the squad that reached the last 16 of the country's first major tournament in 30 years were invited to the reception which was held in Parliament Buildings.

Both Foster and Givan reflected upon the success of the national team and congratulated Michael O'Neill and his coaching staff on their achievements.

"The team have been tremendous ambassadors for our country and have become a symbol for all that is good about Northern Ireland," Foster said.

"I salute the professionalism and dedication of Michael and his staff, the team, the camaraderie within the squad and the bond between players and supporters."

Givan added: "The whole of Northern Ireland took pride in the team's successes in France and we should not underestimate the impact of the success at home.

"There is no doubt they have inspired many young people, both girls and boys, to play football."

Belfast Telegraph