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Special moment: Michael O'Neill celebrates as Northern Ireland defeat Ukraine at the Euro 2016 finals

Special moment: Michael O'Neill celebrates as Northern Ireland defeat Ukraine at the Euro 2016 finals

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Number one: Michael McGovern had a fantastic Euros and cemented his place as NI's main man between the sticks

Number one: Michael McGovern had a fantastic Euros and cemented his place as NI's main man between the sticks

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Special moment: Michael O'Neill celebrates as Northern Ireland defeat Ukraine at the Euro 2016 finals

Pat Jennings: Michael McGovern was absolutely brilliant at the Euros but I watched Roy Carroll against Slovenia when he saved the penalty and he was superb.

Roy is still capable of doing a job for Northern Ireland and while he hasn't been included in the squad for the Czech Republic game, I'm sure he would not let Northern Ireland down if selected in the future.

Michael O'Neill remaining in charge is another plus. I am surprised one or two clubs haven't looked to snap him up as there is a merry-go-round of managers. A boss may like to put faith in younger players but if he loses three matches he can be gone.

It's a really tough group we are in with Germany, the Czechs and Norway, along with Azerbaijan and San Marino, and after the Euro 2016 campaign hopes will be high.

There will inevitably be more pressure on the team after the success we have enjoyed but I think people should be realistic. Yes, we all want the great results and the momentum to carry on, but the Euro campaign surpassed all our expectations and this challenge could be even tougher.

I thought the team were fantastic in France and the own goal against Wales was tough to take as with a little luck we could have got past them and even Belgium.

Germany are rightly the favourites but we have beaten them before. I was involved in the 1982-83 Euro qualifiers when we beat Germany home and away. They can be beaten but if you are looking at it realistically then it's a big ask.

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Northern Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Northern Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.
Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

First Minister Arlene Foster and Communities Minister Paul Givan pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team willÊare on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in FranceÊ

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event First Minister Arlene Foster and Communities Minister Paul Givan pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team willÊare on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in FranceÊ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.

Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.

Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016

Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.

Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

First Minister Arlene Foster and Communities Minister Paul Givan pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team willÊare on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in FranceÊ

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event First Minister Arlene Foster and Communities Minister Paul Givan pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team willÊare on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in FranceÊ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Northern Ireland football Manager Michael O'Neill pictured at the Fan Zone. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - 
Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France .
Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Nortehrn Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France . Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016

Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.

Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016

Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.

Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016

Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.

Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016

Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France.

Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Michael O'Neill pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photographer - ©Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Belfast, UK - February 27 2016. Michael O'neill is tossed in the air as the Northern Ireland team arrive home to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast where a crowd of up to 10,000 people welcomed the team at the fanzone. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast, UK - February 27 2016. Michael O'neill is tossed in the air as the Northern Ireland team arrive home to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast where a crowd of up to 10,000 people welcomed the team at the fanzone. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Belfast, UK - February 27 2016. Michael O'neill is tossed in the air as the Northern Ireland team arrive home to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast where a crowd of up to 10,000 people welcomed the team at the fanzone. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast, UK - February 27 2016. Michael O'neill is tossed in the air as the Northern Ireland team arrive home to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast where a crowd of up to 10,000 people welcomed the team at the fanzone. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Belfast, UK - February 27 2016. Michael O'neill is tossed in the air as the Northern Ireland team arrive home to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast where a crowd of up to 10,000 people welcomed the team at the fanzone. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast, UK - February 27 2016. Michael O'neill is tossed in the air as the Northern Ireland team arrive home to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast where a crowd of up to 10,000 people welcomed the team at the fanzone. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast.
The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-06-2016: Euro 2016: Northern Ireland's football team come home to heroes' welcome. Thousands of Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the Fanzone in Titanic Belfast. The homecoming event is being hosted by the Department of Communities, Irish FA, Belsonic and Belfast City Council. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Members of the 1st Finaghy Northern Ireland Supporters Club carrying the clubs bass drum at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Members of the 1st Finaghy Northern Ireland Supporters Club carrying the clubs bass drum at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Football fans pictured at the homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Football fans pictured at the homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 

Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event 

Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 Northern Ireland football team Homecoming Event Football fans pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will are on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France  Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Northern Ireland fans Ethan Bothwell, Mackenzie Alexander, Granny Julie McCrory, Brooke Bothwell, Darla McCrory at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Pic Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans Ethan Bothwell, Mackenzie Alexander, Granny Julie McCrory, Brooke Bothwell, Darla McCrory at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Pic Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fan Brian White at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fan Brian White at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans Angela Barnes (left) with her sister Georgie at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans Angela Barnes (left) with her sister Georgie at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans Nicola Clyde with her daughter Joni and son Matthew at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans Nicola Clyde with her daughter Joni and son Matthew at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans Mellissa Telford and Matthew Wright at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans Mellissa Telford and Matthew Wright at the Titanic Fanzone stage ahead the Northern Ireland team homecoming to Belfast from the 2016 Euro Championship in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 27, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel. Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel 
Gareth McAuley

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel Gareth McAuley

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel 
Manager Michael O'Neill

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel Manager Michael O'Neill

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel 
Will Grigg

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel Will Grigg

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel 
Oliver Norwood

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel Oliver Norwood

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel 

Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey 

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel 
Jonny Evans

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by Matt Mackey Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Culloden Hotel Jonny Evans

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Manager Michael O'Neill exits the plane. Press Eye William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Manager Michael O'Neill exits the plane. Press Eye William Cherry

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Stuart Dallas, Captain Steven Davis and Jimmy Nicholl Assistant Manager

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Stuart Dallas, Captain Steven Davis and Jimmy Nicholl Assistant Manager

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Oliver Norwood

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Oliver Norwood

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Captain Steven Davis.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Captain Steven Davis.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Josh Magennis.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Josh Magennis.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Josh Magennis.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Josh Magennis.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Conor Washington

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Conor Washington

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Paddy McNair

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Paddy McNair

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Corry Evans and Jonny Evans

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Corry Evans and Jonny Evans

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.

Manager Michael O'Neill

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Manager Michael O'Neill

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Conor Washington

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Conor Washington

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Paddy McNair

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Paddy McNair

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Josh Magennis.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Josh Magennis.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Oliver Norwood

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Oliver Norwood

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Captain Steven Davis.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Captain Steven Davis.

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Kyle Lafferty

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Stuart Dallas, Captain Steven Davis and Jimmy Nicholl Assistant Manager

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Stuart Dallas, Captain Steven Davis and Jimmy Nicholl Assistant Manager

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Corry Evans and Jonny Evans

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Corry Evans and Jonny Evans

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport.
Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland team arrive home after a successful Euro 2016 tournament in France, Belfast International Airport. Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart

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Northern Ireland fans and players pictured at the Homecoming event for the Northern Ireland football team at the Fan Zone in Titanic Quarter where the team will be on stage to share their experiences of Euro2016 in France Photo by Stephen Hamilton/ Press Eye

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There was only one retirement after France, Chris Baird, and there could have been more. I see Robbie Keane has retired from the Republic but my view was that they should be retiring me and I played until I was 41. If players are performing well for their clubs, then why can't they play for Northern Ireland?

People know themselves how strong and capable they are and managers aren't forced to pick players, if you are selected you are chosen as someone who can make a valuable contribution.

When I was 40 I was at Arsenal before moving into reserve team football at Spurs and the clean sheets kept coming!

Nigel Worthington: Young guns will reap benefit of the big tournament atmosphere

The whole experience of getting to the Euro finals will have done the group, and especially the young players, the world of good.

Getting through the group stage was fantastic, and just being involved in a big tournament atmosphere will have been great. There's a huge amount of positives that have come from it and I'm sure Michael and the lads are looking forward to Prague.

The experience is fantastic. In Northern Ireland, qualifying hasn't happened very often, and it's going to help the young guys immensely. It will have helped them focus on the attention to detail and gain big game experience, which is great for the team.

Gerry Armstrong: Our strength has been that the 11 players on the field play as a unit

I was at all of the Euro 2016 games, and it was all a positive for me. They qualified for the last 16, played some excellent football and nobody over-ran us.

I can see us getting stronger and stronger ahead of the game against the Czechs. There are a lot of positives to take away from France, especially ahead of another very tough qualifying campaign.

Michael McGovern was great, but I thought there was something better - it was all about the team. Our strength was the fact that we played as a unit, all 11 players played for each other.

I'm very proud of the work they put in during the Euros and I'm looking forward to what they're going to do in Prague.

Michael O'Neill has done a fantastic job and evolved the squad brilliantly. He and his coaching staff deserve a huge amount of credit, as do all of the staff behind the team.

Tommy Wright: It's important that key players and the manager have shown loyalty ahead of looming challenges

There is confidence and a feel-good factor from the Euros and the squad will be looking to feed into that and build on those great performances.

It is very important to start well just as we did in the Euro qualifiers and I feel we need to take something from the Czech game. If we could have at least four points from that clash and the San Marino game in October, it would set us up to take on Germany.

We will be expected to beat San Marino at home and although nothing is given to you, we should be winning that game.

It is also important that the players showed they are committed to staying on after France.

Chris Baird has retired but it's great that Gareth McAuley is staying and Chris Brunt as well, as he could have walked away after suffering a horrible injury which saw him miss the finals.

So it's fantastic that the boys have shown their commitment and that's a massive boost to Michael O'Neill because this is a tough group.

Any group with Germany in it is going to be tough as they are the clear favourites to claim top spot although I think the Czech Republic are going through a bit of a transitional phase.

The expectation levels will have gone up and that happens in football. In some ways I feel it's wrong when that happens, especially when you are handed Germany in your group.

It's good, too, that Michael doesn't seem in any hurry to abandon his international commitments and return to club management.

I talk to him regularly and know how much he is looking forward to this campaign. There is always the possibility that when you do well another opportunity can come along, but it would need to be the right move for all parties and if it's the right job Michael will take it but he does not have to jump in.

He signed a four-year contract and I cannot see him taking the first job that might come along.

Tommy Cassidy: Fans were at their raucous best since magical nights of 1982

The fans were unreal, they were unbelievable. That's the best I've seen them since 1982. They were brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

I was watching on TV - myself and the wife were watching when we scored that first goal and we leapt out of our seats!

Michael O'Neill did a great job getting them there. He's got them going. I wasn't sure about him early on, but what he did at the Euros was absolutely brilliant and for a small country it was just great.

I have to say, I like watching them. I wanted them to win, obviously, but I thought they played an attractive style of football as well.

They were fighting together. They're not the best team in the world, and they weren't the best team at the Euros, but they were all together in France, and I thought that was a great thing to see. Their attitude was absolutely brilliant.

Harry Gregg: They're a credit to whole nation

The way they performed, you don't need me to tell you how they did at the Euros!

And I mean that in a very sincere way, I think they're a credit to our nation. They did exceptionally well and I'm delighted for them.

The very fact that they didn't let themselves or their country down is the most important thing that they can take from it in my opinion.

They didn't lie down and let themselves become the dogsbodies, they more than held their own and Michael O'Neill has done exceptionally well to bring them from where they were when he took over to where they are now.

Even with our footballing history, they've done exceptionally well.

And good luck to them in the qualifiers, because the stakes are a bit higher when it comes to the World Cup.

They have a very tough group, but they can do it.

Bryan Hamilton: Spirit and pride along with a bit of guile can take us a long way

I just think there are so many positives, it was such a wonderful tournament.

The things we found out were things we already knew, but it was great to see them come to the fore - the supporters are fantastic, I think Michael O'Neill has done an astounding job, he has a group of players who maybe aren't the best players in the world, but they have such an outstanding team spirit.

They're very well organised, at the back they're very solid. They're hard to break down which means they won't concede a lot of goals. Overall I think the tournament was full of positives.

Steven Davis is an exceptionally good midfield player. I think he is a natural captain because he leads by example. He's a superb player, there's no doubt about that, and he brings an exceptional high quality to any squad he's a part of. Great talent, great leadership.

There's one player who few talked about when I played - he was mentioned in dispatches - a man called Jimmy Nicholl who played for Manchester United and he was a fantastic team player. Steve Davis is a similar style of player to Jim, busy and bright.

Stuart Elliott: Feel-good factor throughout the team was absolutely class

The main positive was just getting to a major finals because it was the first time in 30 years we'd managed it, and that's a big thing. It was awesome, an achievement in itself. We were history makers in that sense.

Once they got there, getting the win in the group stages and getting out of the group, well, that was like winning the thing altogether for us really.

The feel-good factor went right throughout the team and it was absolutely class. It made everyone in the nation proud, not just to get there but when we did actually get there they were very, very competitive, right up until the end. We could even have gone further on another day.

The fanzone in Belfast was just amazing, especially with the Will Grigg song. We were just riding the crest of a wave, and let's hope they can continue that on.


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