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QPR's Conor Washington dreams of shooting Northern Ireland to World Cup finals

NI goal hope sets sights on play-offs and Russia

By Paul Ferguson

QPR hotshot Conor Washington says he has dreamed about scoring the vital goals that will take Northern Ireland to next summer's World Cup finals in Russia - 18 months on from gatecrashing the Euro 2016 finals party.

Washington wasn't part of Michael O'Neill's Euro qualifying success story as the team reached France by finishing top of their group.

Instead, he made the final cut for the 23-man finals squad after impressive goalscoring performances in pre-tournament friendlies against Slovenia and Belarus.

Now back for tomorrow's World Cup qualifying clash with minnows San Marino, after missing the last qualifier in June against Azerbaijan as he wed his bride Becca, Washington is primed and ready to be the goalscoring hero as O'Neill's men enter the business end of the campaign.

Victories over San Marino and the Czech Republic in the coming days should be enough to secure second place in Group C and a play-off spot for the World Cup finals in Russia.

"It's something I've been dreaming about because every time I pull on the shirt now the game means something," said Washington (25) who has scored two goals for his club this season. "It's really good time to be involved in and hopefully we can get the results we want."

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