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Conor McLaughlin on why Euro 2016 was bittersweet and ‘scary’ spell that ended his career

West Belfast lad is so proud of a great career sadly cut short by injury at just 30

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Conor McLaughlin playing against Austria's Marko Arnautovic

Conor McLaughlin playing against Austria's Marko Arnautovic

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Conor McLaughlin came up against Poland's great striker Robert Lewandowski in the first match of the Euro 2016 finals

Conor McLaughlin came up against Poland's great striker Robert Lewandowski in the first match of the Euro 2016 finals

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Conor McLaughlin celebrates scoring for Northern Ireland

Conor McLaughlin celebrates scoring for Northern Ireland

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Conor McLaughlin playing against Austria's Marko Arnautovic

Budapest, September 7, 2014 and a star was born for Northern Ireland. It was the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers with Michael O’Neill needing to hit the ground running following a poor World Cup campaign.

He chose Fleetwood Town’s Conor McLaughlin at right-back. McLaughlin made his international debut as a substitute versus Italy and Andrea Pirlo three years earlier in Nigel Worthington’s last game in charge and featured under O’Neill against Uruguay and Chile in a summer tour a few months before but even so this was a shock call.


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