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Now that our Euro dream is behind us, time for Baraclough to play the Generation Game

Gareth McAuley


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Ian Baraclough should be looking at some of his less experienced players over the next few games

Ian Baraclough should be looking at some of his less experienced players over the next few games

Ian Baraclough should be looking at some of his less experienced players over the next few games

Three years ago, after playing Switzerland in a World Cup Play-Off in Basel, I was feeling exactly the same as the Northern Ireland players today.

Losing a game like that is gut-wrenching, especially when deep down you know it could be your last opportunity of making another major Finals.

You come so close, give your all mentally, physically and emotionally, and yet it is not enough.


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