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Video: Conor Washington - Northern Ireland strike force a match made in heaven

New husband Conor Washington is preparing to toast wedded life by continuing Northern Ireland's romantic World Cup fairytale in San Marino tomorrow night.

QPR striker Washington was forced to miss Northern Ireland's last qualifier in Baku nearly three months ago as he stayed at home to marry his beautiful bride Becca.

Now, having enjoyed a magical honeymoon and impressive goalscoring start to the season, Washington is back in Michael O'Neill's international squad and primed to add to his World Cup qualifying tally following his vitally important goal against Norway last March.

"It was very disappointing not to play in Azerbaijan but there wasn't too much we could do about it," stressed 25-year-old Washington from the team's hotel in Manchester.

Washington insists O'Neill has once again been methodical in his approach and the strikers know exactly what they must do to find the net.

He added: "We've watched what a lot of teams have done well against them and scored a lot of goals so we'll be doing that and keeping it simple.

"They don't try and overplay or overpass. It's very much trying to make them defend and putting them on the back foot.

"That's very important and something we did in the home game. I think we scored three off crosses. We have to keep it solid at the back and also make them defend."

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