Euro 2020: Can Northern Ireland secure a shock double-win over Germany and the Netherlands?

Euro 2020 qualifying campaign is drawing ever closer to its climax and, as such, the muddied waters of the potential path to the play-offs are becoming slightly clearer. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets from our website on exclusively discounted prices. 

Euro 2020: Can Northern Ireland secure a shock double-win over Germany and the Netherlands?
Euro 2020: Can Northern Ireland secure a shock double-win over Germany and the Netherlands?

Even the most optimistic members of the Green and White Army will concede that gaining automatic qualification for Euro 2020 is, shall we say, unlikely for Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland has been the losses of a tough group containing both Germany and the Netherlands. They fell out of the automatic spots in October after an agonizing late downfall to the Netherlands and face a tough task to get back in.

Realistically, to qualify, Michael O’Neill’s men probably need to win their final two fixtures. Except that the final two fixtures include a home game against the Netherlands and another heavyweight clash against.

The Germans in their own backyard. Having lost to both sides in the first round of fixtures, there’s nothing suggesting that Northern Ireland can do so this time around. With Germany and the Netherlands both on 15 points.

Euro 2020: Can Northern Ireland secure a shock double-win over Germany and the Netherlands?
Euro 2020: Can Northern Ireland secure a shock double-win over Germany and the Netherlands?

Northern Ireland in third place with 12 points one win against both teams would leave them relying on an improbable slip from Germany at home to Belarus or Holland against Estonia. Which is very unlikely in the circumstances?

Although they finished bottom of their Nations League group, there is still a lifeline to feature in the playoffs as a result of teams from the top league having qualified automatically. Manager O’Neill has also left to join Stoke, but he will still take charge of the final qualifiers as well as any potential play-offs.

Whether this could prove to be a good move for Northern Ireland based on current circumstances would be known in due time. Leicester City star and defender for the Northern Ireland team did claim he was a bit confused with the whole managerial situation.

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Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland’s place still not secure

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has questioned the Euro 2020 qualification structure with his side still not assured of a play-off place for a spot at next summer’s finals. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Northern Ireland’s performance in the traditional Euro 2020 qualification process will have no bearing on whether or not they will be in the March play-offs.

Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland's place still not secure
Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland’s place still not secure

Rather, that is decided by the UEFA Nations League rankings and which teams qualify automatically through the normal route.

In theory, O’Neill’s men could have lost every game of their current Group C campaign and still been handed a place in the playoffs, which will have semi-finals and finals to decide the four winners.

The boss has questioned the fairness of that system, although has no issue with the Nations League’s addition to the international football calendar.

“I can understand what Uefa has tried to do, but my preference would be for the third-place team to have some sort of play-off,” he said as he announced his squad for the final two qualifiers against the Netherlands and Germany.

“I think the play-offs will be difficult. You can prepare for the first game but you don’t know who you will meet in the second.

Michael O'Neill questions Euro 2020
Michael O’Neill questions Euro 2020

What Uefa are trying to do is do away with meaningless friendly games, and the Nations League going forward we will stay at League B level and there are four teams now in the league.

The principle of it is good, and I think after this year things will become a little bit clearer for everyone.

And the games we had against Austria and Bosnia were a sharp introduction to international football for Bailey (Peacock-Farrell), Jamal (Lewis), Jordan (Jones) and George (Saville) coming in and playing at that level. And it helped us develop as a team, against playing in a friendly game and players not being available.

So I am not against the Nations League, but we will have played eight games in qualification, and against two of the biggest teams in Europe, and I think we deserve a play-off. To enjoy most exciting matches, grab your Euro Cup Final Tickets.

Whereas some teams have played opposition of a lesser quality than the Nations League and have guaranteed themselves of a play-off. The key is to continue developing the team and to do that you have to play against the better teams.

“But it would have been nice to come into this campaign and know you have a play-off, which some countries did. We beat Belarus home and away but they have a play-off.”

Michael O'Neill questions Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland's
Michael O’Neill questions Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland’s

It does seem a matter more of when that if Northern Ireland will land a play-off place.

In theory, it could be confirmed on the first match-day of the upcoming international window. That would happen, on November 14, if Kosovo loses in the Czech Republic AND Serbia slip up at home to Luxembourg while Portugal beat Lithuania.

The second part of that seems unlikely so perhaps the realistic earliest date would be the next day, November 15, if one of the above scenarios comes off AND Romania lost to Sweden.

If it still isn’t secure, it would go to November 16 and would require one of the above scenarios to have occurred AND Austria to win at home to North Macedonia. There are more chances after that but in truth, it’s likely to be done and dusted by then.

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Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Koeman puts Barcelona dream on hold until Euro 2020 qualifier with Northern Ireland

Netherlands boss and potential Barcelona target to replace Ernesto Valverde, Ronald Koeman insists he will not be quitting his job in the near future due to Euro 2020. Ronald Koeman has named Barcelona his dream club.

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Euro 2020 Qualifiers - Koeman puts Barcelona dream on hold until Euro 2020 qualifier with Northern Ireland
Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Koeman puts Barcelona dream on hold until Euro 2020 qualifier with Northern Ireland

Last month, Royal Dutch Football Federation director Nico-Jan Hoogma exposed the presence of an item in Koeman’s Netherlands contract aiding him to quit the post if Barça comes calling.

The ex Valencia and Everton coach set Hoogma’s account in arrival on Dutch television but said the clause is not yet in effect and that he has no plans to leave in the immediate future.

Koeman and the Dream Team

Koeman won four LaLiga titles with Barça as a player and would be among the favorites to take over as head coach if the club parts ways with the under-pressure Ernesto Valverde.

“It’s only about Barcelona and also about a time after the European Championship,” Koeman told Fox Sports Netherlands when asked about the contract.

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Euro 2020 – Nico Jan Hoogma revealed the existence of a clause in Koeman’s Netherlands contract

“I’m not leaving now, that’s 100 percent certain. I think that as a national coach you are entering a process and that takes two years. After the European Championship there is an evaluation moment and who knows, the KNVB may say: ‘We have performed so badly at the European Championship, we are not going any further.’ Then we will not go further. But I have the opportunity to leave for one club, and there is only one club in it. I can safely say that I will not leave the Dutch national team for anyone else. I have said often enough that Barcelona is my dream club.”

The Netherlands need a draw against Northern Ireland in Belfast to qualify for Euro Cup 2020

The Netherlands needs only 1 point against Northern Ireland in Belfast on 16 November to book their place at Euro Cup 2020. The match might come too soon for uncapped teenager Mohamed Ihattaren, Koeman will be able to call on the highly-rated PSV vista in future.

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Netherlands needs 1 point against Northern Ireland to book their place at Euro Cup 2020

Ihattaren, 17, is dedicated to signifying the Oranje at older level, scorning interest from Morocco.

Koeman delighted with Ihattaren

Koeman welcomed the news in the wake of Ajax defender Sergino Dest’s decision to pledge his allegiance to the United States.

“His choice is, in any case, a nice signal to other players who are faced with the same choice,” he said. “This is really important for Dutch football.”

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No cry-offs for the Czech Republic friendly prove that all remain positive in NI camp, maintains upbeat O’Neill

With the Czech Republic capital currently enjoying an Indian summer, with T-shirts and shorts the order of the day, the sights of Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the astronomical clock and Old Town Square all appear magical. The Northern Ireland team is currently camped on the banks of the Vitava River.

Northern Ireland ahead has to play friendly at the Generali Arena and, despite the bitter disappointment of Thursday night’s cruel qualifying loss to the Netherlands in Rotterdam. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – Northern Ireland players are doing their training for the friendly match

No need to mention Ronald Koeman’s unnecessary broadside at their style of play. Every player in the squad is fully focused, re-energized and ready for the friendly fire. In years gone past, it may have been convenient for some of the senior names to withdraw their services due to the status of the match.

Michael O’Neill insists he will have the option to select his strongest possible side The manager does plan to make changes to give valuable experience, with Jordan Thompson, Matty Kennedy and Gavin Whyte in contention. He has allowed youngsters Shayne Lavery and Ciaron Brown to leave the senior panel.

They could fly to Bucharest to join up with the Under-21s, who have an important qualifier against Romania. We will freshen the team up and it’s important to give opportunities to players who have come to many squads and maybe not had many opportunities.

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Euro 2020 – O’Neill says no cry-offs for the Czech Republic friendly prove that all remain positive

“When the friendly comes after a qualifier like this, you can go with arguably a stronger team and have fewer new players in the squad,” conceded O’Neill.

It might be something we look at from a tactical point of view as well, but the big thing for me is everyone wants to play. No one has come saying, ‘Can I sit this one out?’

That tells you that everything in the group is positive, the players all want to play and, as we know, in the past that wasn’t always the case with friendly internationals. O’Neill has decided to put off any video analysis of the team’s performance against the Dutch until he returns home as it is currently irrelevant.

“It’s a real positive for me and the preparation of the lads has been good.”

Northern Ireland drew with the Czechs at the same venue three years ago in a World Cup qualifier and, in the return match in Belfast, the men in green triumphed 2-0 through Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans.

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Euro 2020 – Apologetic Jordan Jones will come back stronger for Northern Ireland, says O’Neill

Jordan Jones will learn lessons from his Old Firm nightmare and come back even stronger for Rangers and Northern Ireland according to his international boss Michael O’Neill. Winger Jones would have been a key figure for O’Neill vital Euro Cup 2020 qualifier versus Holland in Rotterdam.

He won’t play again in the group stages due to a knee injury suffered last month against Celtic. Having come off the bench at Ibrox, Jones was red-carded. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – Apologetic Jordan Jones will come back stronger for Northern Ireland, says O’Neill

Jones made a wild challenge on Moritz Bauer in stoppage time during Celtic’s 2-0 league win. To make matters worse, the 24-year-old wide man unrelenting a serious knee problem in the wild challenge.

O’Neill revealed last week that the former Kilmarnock ace has had surgery. He won’t be available for the November internationals having missed September’s loss at home to Germany.Jones apologized to Bauer and has been saying sorry to Northern Ireland manager O’Neill ever since.

“If Jordan has apologized to me once, he has apologized 100 times,” said O’Neill.

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Euro 2020 – O’Neill said If Jordan has apologized to me once, he has apologized 100 times

It was a rash moment. Players do that. Players have moments of madness. I think his actions post that the game was good. He was very open about his excuse to the Celtic player in question. He knows he was in the wrong.

He was maybe a little bit disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to start. I saw him play against Legia Warsaw in the Europa League weekdays game a few days before the Celtic match. He played very well, making a big change when he came into it.

These are all things he will have to learn from. Jordan is very saddened he is missing our group games. He is disappointed he is missing the chance to institute himself at Rangers .He will learn from his actions and I have no doubt he will come back strong and be ready to play.

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Euro 2020 – Jordan Jones hopes to give its best performance in upcoming Euro 2020 fixtures

He would be as keen as ever to show what he’s all about for us and his club. There’s clearly no favorites at Rangers. If you play well you will be the part of the team. If you don’t play well you are not a part of the team. They have a lot of options and a lot of good wide players.

He has shown in his time at Rangers that he is at the best level. That is always the first test for a player when they come from a smaller club in Scotland and they go to either side of the Old Firm.

“You have to prove you can do it. That doesn’t happen overnight. “

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Euro 2020 qualifier – Michael O’Neill discusses the Netherlands weakness that Northern Ireland will look to exploit

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill wants his side to take advantage of the pressure Holland is under to qualify for their first major tournament of Euro Cup 2020 since 2014. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

O’Neill’s team will be overwhelming underdogs against the Dutch in Thursday night’s crucial Euro Cup 2020 clash in Rotterdam. Holland’s recent record when the crunch comes in qualifying campaigns offers hope.

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Euro 2020 qualifier – O’Neill discusses the Netherlands weakness that NI will look to exploit

After missing out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, Ronald Koeman was recruited last year to end what is viewed as an embarrassing run in the Netherlands. Koeman inspired the Dutch to the Nations League decider in the summer when they lost to Portugal.

Now the heat is on to take his home country back to the big time. Northern Ireland is in a position to extend the pain. Germany is primed to qualify from Group C, with the other spot between the nations currently in second and third places in the table.

“Holland will view themselves as a team capable of winning the European Championships but they have to get there,” said O’Neill.

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Euro 2020 – O’Neill said Holland will view themselves as a team capable of winning the Euro Cup

Whoever comes out on top in the Northern Ireland v Holland double-header, starting in Rotterdam on Thursday and ending at Windsor Park next month, will qualify for Euro 2020 without needing a play-off.

O’Neill suffered a blow when Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis pulled out of his squad due to a knee wound.

“They have missed the last two competitions, obviously Russia (2018 World Cup) and France (Euro 2016), so that’s an added pressure on them. This Holland squad isn’t seasoned with the experience of previous squads and maybe that’s something we can exploit.”

A heavy defeat away to the Dutch would be a killer blow to Northern Ireland’s chances of qualifying from the group. O’Neill insists, however, that he is refusing to think about the possibility of the play-offs and the convoluted way they are set up.

“It is too complicated to do that and there is too much football to be played,” he said.

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Euro 2020- Michael O’Neill I believe if we get four points we will qualify.

My focus has been on trying to finish in the top 2 positions in our group. The play-offs are not something I would debate with the players. Our focus last month was on trying to defeat Germany.

“If that isn’t in our favor, we have to hope we are thrown a lifeline through the play-offs. If that is the case, we’ll be delighted, but right now it is not something we have put any focus on.”

We didn’t succeed to do that, so our emphasis now moves to Holland and in these two games to find the results we need to qualify. O’Neill will adopt a more cautious approach in Holland than the gung-ho display which rattled Germany.

“We are playing a team right at the top level and this will be even more difficult than Germany because we are away from home,” stated O’Neill

“We always wanted to create head-to-heads at the end of the group and that’s what we have. We are in a double-header with Holland, and I believe if we get four points we will qualify. That’s the challenge for us.”

At Koeman’s press conference yesterday, Northern Ireland didn’t crop up, with the Dutch media focusing on the home players. That should change as the week progresses.

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Jamal Lewis withdraws from Northern Ireland squad for Euro 2020 qualifier in the Netherlands

Northern Ireland left-back Jamal Lewis has been forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad to face the Netherlands and the Czech Republic in Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

It had been hoped that the Norwich star would be fit after overcoming an elbow injury to play the full game as the Canaries lost 5-1 to Aston Villa on Saturday. However, the 21-year-old picked up a knee problem during the game and will play no part in either Thursday’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifier or next Monday’s friendly.

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Jamal Lewis withdraws from Northern Ireland squad for Euro 2020 qualifier in the Netherlands

Lewis will instead remain with his club to be assessed by medical staff. Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill currently has no plans to call in a replacement. That leaves Millwall star Shane Ferguson as a potential option to fill in at full-back, with Conor McLaughlin and Michael Smith also in the panel.

Both are usually right-sided players. Lewis, who has 11 caps for Northern Ireland, has become an integral part of O’Neill’s new-look squad with his high-energy. Lewis has a high-pressing style epitomizing the way the team has played since last year’s Nations League campaign for the Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers.

Northern Ireland squad to play the Netherlands and the Czech Republic:

Goalkeepers are Michael McGovern of Premier League club Norwich City, Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Premier League club Burnley.He played in Middlesbrough’s youth system before signing for Leeds United in 2013.This list also includes and Trevor Carson of Motherwell.

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Euro 2020 – Shane Ferguson as a potential option to fill in at full-back at Lewis place

Defenders are Jonny Evans of Premier League club Leicester City, Craig Cathcart of Watford, Conor McLaughlin of Sunderland, Michael Smith of Heart of Midlothian, Tom Flanagan, and Ciaron BrownMidfielders are Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Corry Evans, Stuart Dallas, Shane Ferguson, Paddy McNair, and George Saville.

Midfielders list also consists of Gavin Whyte, Jordan Thompson, Liam Donnelly, and  Matthew Kennedy. Forwards list comprises of Kyle Lafferty, Liam Boyce, Josh Magennis, and Shayne Lavery.

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Euro 2020 qualifier – Matthew Kennedy named in Northern Ireland squad in the Netherlands

Scotland Under 21 international Matthew Kennedy has been included in the Northern Ireland squad for next week’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifier in the Netherlands. Michael O’Neill’s men will then take on the Czech Republic in a friendly.

It is more likely for the St Johnstone winger to earn a debut following his international switch to the country of his birth. He trained with the Northern Ireland squad last month. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 qualifier – Matthew Kennedy named in Northern Ireland squad in the Netherlands

His international clearance wasn’t through in time for the friendly win over Luxembourg. Jamal Lewis has been included in what is a boost following the elbow injury he sustained in Norwich’s defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Also in are on-fire Linfield forward Shayne Lavery, Motherwell midfielder Liam Donnelly, and Cardiff defender Ciaron Brown. They made an unexpected start against Luxembourg despite only being called into the U21 squad for the first time days before.

Lavery is one of 4 strikers named, joining Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, and Liam Boyce. Returning to the squad is Hearts full-back Michael Smith, who missed out on last month’s games against Luxembourg and Germany due to injury.

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Euro 2020 – Matthew Kennedy to earn an international debut to the country of his birth

However, the news isn’t as good for Jordan Jones, who will also miss November’s qualifying double-header against the Netherlands and Germany after undergoing during on a medial ligament injury. Northern Ireland sits in 2nd place in Group C.

Northern Ireland is level on 12 points with leaders Germany after losing 2-0 to them in Belfast last month. That was the first setback for O’Neill’s men in the group after they won their first four fixtures, but they still face a very difficult path to qualification.

They really need to pick up points against the Dutch home and away after Holland’s victory over Germany last month. We have to find a way to get four points, whether that’s a draw away from home to set up a massive game for ourselves in Belfast or try to win the game in Rotterdam.

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Euro 2020 – Matthew Kennedy hopes to give best performance on his debut

“Germany losing to the Netherlands was probably not the result we wanted, it sways the head-to-head in favor of the Netherlands in terms of our two games against them,” O’Neill said.

“Those are the challenges we face.”

Northern Ireland squad to play the Netherlands and the Czech Republic:

Goalkeepers are Michael McGovern, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, and Trevor Carson. Defenders are Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Conor Mclaughlin, Jamal Lewis, Michael Smith, Tom Flanagan, and Ciaron Brown.

Players included in the list of midfielders are Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Corry Evans, Stuart Dallas, Shane Ferguson, Paddy McNair, George Saville, Gavin Whyte, Jordan Thompson, Liam Donnelly, Matthew Kennedy. Forwards are Kyle Lafferty, Liam Boyce, Josh Magennis, Shayne Lavery.

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Euro 2020 – Jamal Lewis injury boost as elbow fracture ruled out by x-ray while Northern Ireland wait

Jamal Lewis has been given a significant boost in his battle to return from injury. German professional football manager and former forward Daniel Farke had warned of a potential long-term spell on the sidelines. Daniel Farke is the head coach of Premier League club Norwich City.

Suspecting a broken elbow after the full-back fell awkwardly during Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – Daniel Farke had warned Jamal Lewis of a potential long-term spell on the sidelines

However, Lewis was named in the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming Euro Cup 2020 qualifier in the Netherlands and friendly in the Czech Republic. International manager Michael O’Neill is hopeful that 21-year-old can be fit in time to take to the pitch in Rotterdam next Thursday.

“My understanding is that x-ray didn’t show any fracture,” he said.

There is ligament damage there and I think it’s just a case of how he can protect the elbow and manage to play. We’ll see how things improve for him this week and at Norwich as well.

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Euro 2020 – Jamal Lewis injury boost as elbow fracture ruled out by x-ray while NI wait

“We have until next Thursday so there’s a little bit longer for the healing process. Having spoken to him during the week, he’s optimistic as we have to be as well. He’s been such a significant player for us and would be a very difficult player for us to replace if he wasn’t available.”

Lewis now has 11 caps for Northern Ireland and has become integral to O’Neill’s high-energy, high-pressing style. The news will be welcomed at Carrow Road as well as Windsor Park, with Lewis making a pleasing start to life in the Premier League.

Norwich host Aston Villa on Saturday in the final game before the international window.Jamal Lewis hopes to perform best in the premier league match and then continues this best performance in upcoming Northern Ireland’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers against the Netherlands.

Northern Ireland has to play a friendly match against the Czech Republic after Northern Ireland’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers against the Netherlands.

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Who is Matthew Kennedy? All you need to know about the new-boy in the Northern Ireland squad to face the Netherlands

Matthew Kennedy is the latest player to make an international switch to represent Northern Ireland. Previously capped at underage level by Scotland. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

He has made the decision to play for the country of his birth. He flew in and taught at Windsor Park. While his international clearance did not come through in time for Kennedy to play a part in the friendly against Luxembourg last month.

He has been included in Michael O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming Northern Ireland’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifier in the Netherlands and friendly in the Czech Republic.

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Euro 2020 – Matthew Kennedy is the new-boy in the Northern Ireland squad to face the Netherlands

Matty Kennedy’s Age is 24 years. He played on the position of winger/Striker. His place of birth is Belfast, Northern Ireland. So that’s how he qualifies for Northern Ireland then? Yes, well done Sherlock. His call-up comes with a big assist from his boss at St Johnstone, Tommy Wright.

He was the one to alert Michael O’Neill of Kennedy’s eligibility Northern Ireland’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifier . He has plenty of International experience so far. Kennedy has played for Scotland, where he moved to live in South Ayrshire at a young age with his Scottish parents.

However, he has never managed to make the step up to senior international football. He has now looked to the country of his birth to get that jump. In his young beginnings, he turned down both Celtic and Rangers to begin his career at Kilmarnock’s youth academy.

He handed his first-team debut in November 2011 by then manager Kenny Shiels, who is now in charge of the NI women’s side.Kennedy has big-money move when Kennedy was snapped up by Everton for £250k the very next summer, having made 14 Scottish Premiership appearances.

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Euro 2020 – Matthew Kennedy made the decision to play for the country of his birth

Shiels feared it was too early, preferring he had stayed to gain more senior experience. He wouldn’t make a senior appearance for the Toffees.He appeared on the bench for three Premier League games in the 12/13 season. Loan spells at Tranmere, MK Dons, and Hibernian followed his first senior goal coming for the Dons in a 2-2 draw at Rotherham in April 2014.

Kennedy was signed by Cardiff at the start of 2015, making a flying start. He hailed as just what Cardiff needed. It wasn’t to last and loan spells at Port Vale, Plymouth and Portsmouth followed. It was at Plymouth that he enjoyed a particularly impressive spell.

He scored five League Two goals and nominated for the EFL League Two Player of the Month award for February 2017.He was released by Cardiff in 2018 and went back north, joining St Johnstone under Northern Irish manager Tommy Wright. The boss said he was a really exciting signing.

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Euro 2020 – Matthew Kennedy hopes to play his level best in the position of winger.

Last year, St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright added: “He’s quick, comfortable with both feet and I’m sure it’s a signing that will excite the fans because he’s a real talent and plays football in an exciting manner.”

He a winger or a striker both really. Traditionally, he played out wide but since his move to St Johnstone, he has increasingly played up top.

In fact, that’s where he ideally sees himself now. “I’d love to get the shout to play upfront,” he said just last month.

“I enjoyed it last season and scored a few goals. I’d like another chance – on my own or with a partner.”

Kennedy led Gerrard’s Rangers 1-0 at half-time in December. Kennedy had struck to give his side the advantage.

Gerrard would go on to say “Kennedy was really good, a top 45 minutes. He was a continual spike in our team.”

Rangers came back to win 2-1 didn’t reduce from his individual performance.That’s the word Tommy Wright used for St Johnstone’s Kennedy capture and Michael O’Neill will be hoping it’s the same for his international side.

He has certainly impressed in significant spells during his young career so far. if he makes a similar impact to other recent recruits like George Saville and Jordan Jones.It won’t be long before he’s a recognized member of the Northern Ireland panel.

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