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Why George Best never graced the World Cup stage for Northern Ireland

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George Best

George Best

Gerry Armstrong in action

Gerry Armstrong in action

Billy Bingham

Billy Bingham

Dee McCreery

Dee McCreery

George Best

Having guided Northern Ireland to two World Cups in succession, the brink of qualification for the 1984 European finals and British Championship success, it is almost sacrilegious to be critical of manager Billy Bingham.

Bingham remains hero-worshipped in Northern Ireland for his legendary achievements, bold and brave decisions and tactical astuteness.

His players would often tell you he was ahead of his time in how he saw the game and galvanising the team.