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Undefeated Dallas: My Windsor record can inspire us to Russia

By Paul Ferguson

Returning flying winger Stuart Dallas is confident he can keep his unbeaten international record at Windsor Park intact on Sunday and help Northern Ireland move a step closer to qualifying for the World Cup finals in Russia.

The former Crusaders star, who missed the last two World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Azerbaijan through injury, has never lost at the home of Northern Ireland football while playing for his beloved country at senior level.

But Dallas is acutely aware that struggling Norway, under new manager and former boss of Sweden and Iceland, Lars Lagerback, will pose a dangerous threat, especially with in-form Bournemouth striker Josh King leading their attack. Northern Ireland were last defeated at Windsor in a competitive fixture three and a half years ago by a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal when Dallas wasn't involved and the Leeds United ace was absent from the friendly defeat to Croatia last November through injury.

Dallas, having trained with his international team-mates for the last three days in Carton House, Co Kildare in preparation for the crucial game, insists there is a belief amongst the squad that Windsor is a fortress that will not be conquered as Northern Ireland look to consolidate second place in Group C behind run away leaders Germany.

Dallas says: "As players we are really confident at Windsor, we can't see ourselves getting beaten or putting in a bad performance.

"I haven't lost at Windsor since I came back into the squad so I hope that keeps going," he added.

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