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Defiant Davis: Northern Ireland won't give up fight to reach Euro 2020 finals

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis insists the Euro 2020 qualifying dream remains alive and kicking.

Michael O'Neill's men now face an uphill task to progress from Group C after a 2-0 loss to Germany at Windsor Park on Monday night.

The Germans have hit top spot, level on 12 points with Northern Ireland but ahead on goal difference, while the Netherlands lie in third position with nine points and a game in hand.

O'Neill's side face the Netherlands in tough back-to-back fixtures before concluding their qualifying campaign against Germany in Frankfurt in November.

Davis, who on his 113th appearance became Northern Ireland's most capped outfield player, remains defiant, saying: "There's still a lot to play for.

"It's going to be more difficult for us in terms of the group but we just have to give it a go and feel like we have nothing to lose.

"I thought we had a real good tempo and intensity in the first half but the game got stretched in the second half and that suited them.

"They are a top quality team and we knew it would be really tough but we gave a very good account of ourselves.

"In terms of performances against Germany it was one of our best against them but the first goal was a great finish and it was an uphill battle."

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans added that the squad will not be throwing in the towel.

"The manager will have us well organised and well prepared going into those games with still everything to play for," said the Leicester City ace.

"We will approach the other games with belief like we have done over the years."

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