Michael O’Neill announced a team of 27 players for Estonia and Belarus: Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Michael O’Neill, Northern Ireland’s senior international manager, has named a 27-man squad for the next UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches in Estonia and Belarus. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Northern Ireland, first in Group C, will play next month’s matches in Tallinn and Borisov with six points in their first two games and aim for another maximum comeback after the second double of the campaign.

Michael O'Neill announced a team of 27 players for Estonia and Belarus: Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Michael O’Neill announced a team of 27 players for Estonia and Belarus: Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Oxford United midfielder Mark Sykes is in the under 21 group thanks to a strong performance by Ian Baraclough’s team following his transfer from Glenavon in January. Sykes, 21, along with teammate Gavin Whyte, was part of two training teams in Northern Ireland that were put to the test in the last two weeks in Manchester.

Defender Daniel Ballard, 19, who recently signed a contract extension with Arsenal, a member of the Premier League, retains his place after serving on the match panel in March.

There is also a comeback for Heart of Midlothian defenseman Michael Smith, who was out last time because of an injury. And despite the short time allocated to their clubs, experienced defensemen Aaron Hughes (Hearts) and Gareth McAuley (Glasgow Rangers) are also named in the panel.

Midfielders Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) and Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) both recovering from their operations and are not included. Sunderland striker Will Grigg is not a part of the squard.

Michael O'Neill announced a team of 27 players for Estonia and Belarus: Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Michael O’Neill announced a team of 27 players for Estonia and Belarus: Euro 2020 Qualifiers

And for Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson, who recently got the go-ahead to resume training after a long recovery from deep vein thrombosis, the matches are coming too soon.

The Northern Ireland squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers will travel to Estonia (June 8) and Belarus (June 11)

Goalkeepers: Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Leeds United), Conor Hazard (Celtic), Michael McGovern (Norwich City)

Defenders: Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (unattached), Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough), Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Gareth McAuley (Rangers), Jonny Evans (Leicester City), Jamal Lewis (Norwich City), Michael Smith (Hearts), Tom Flanagan (Sunderland), Daniel Ballard (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), George Saville (Middlesbrough), Jordan Jones (Rangers), Gavin Whyte (Oxford United), Jordan Thompson (Blackpool), Steven Davis (Rangers), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), George Saville (Middlesbrough), Jordan Jones (Rangers), Gavin Whyte (Oxford United), Jordan Thompson (Blackpool), Mark Sykes (Oxford United)

Forwards: Conor Washington (unattached), Liam Boyce (Burton Albion), Kyle Lafferty (Rangers), Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers), Conor Washington (unattached), Liam Boyce (Burton Albion), Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers)

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Nine things you might have missed from Monday’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers as Ireland remain undefeated

The main rivalry in European international football continued on Monday evening with the latest set of Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers. 

The likes of Spain, Republic of Ireland and Denmark were all involved in their respective fixtures, each hoping to pick up maximum points to enhance their chances of reaching the finals next year. Fowling are nine things you might have missed from Monday’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers.

Nine things you might have missed from Monday’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers as Ireland remain undefeated

1. Ireland remain unbeaten despite average performance

After their impressive 1-1 draw away to Group D rivals Denmark, Mick McCarthy’s side went into this match unbeaten and top of the group after three matches. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Monday was a must-win for the Irish who knew this was probably the ‘easiest’ game of the group for them, with matches against Denmark, Switzerland and Georgia still to come.

After winning three and drawing once, Ireland now sit pretty atop of Group D, a massive five points clear of second-placed Denmark.

2. Pressured Portugal put under Ukraine strain

The first goal of Monday’s qualifiers was scored by Gent and Ukraine centre-forward Roman Yaremchuk who put his side ahead after just six minutes at home to Luxembourg.

Coming off the back of their 5-0 dismantling of Serbia last week, Ukraine have now put more pressure on Nations League winners Portugal after their 1-0 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo and co. may have two games in hand on Andriy Shevchenko’s side but they now sit eight points behind them and have it all to do to finish top of Group B.

3. England irreplaceable atop of Group A

We said it Friday and we’ll say it again. England is already looking pretty good atop of Group A at present, and that’s without kicking a ball in the competition since March. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

With the rest of England’s competitors fighting it out once again on Monday evening, it would have taken something spectacular for Gareth Southgate’s men not to remain at the group’s peak come full-time.

Elsewhere, a last minute goal scored by Elba Rashani secured Kosovo a vital away win against Bulgaria, meaning they are just a single point behind the Three Lions.

4. Mitrovic and Jovic help Serbia redeem themselves

Serbia’s performance against Ukraine was beyond terrible.

Yet, with the group still in its early stages, there is still plenty of time for Serbia to overcome Friday’s tragic result to get their European ambitions back on track.

On Monday they faced a Lithuania side that sit uncomfortably bottom of Group B and already have little chance of reaching the European Championships for the first time in their history.

Mitrovic’s second was his 25th goal for his country in 49 games which at any level is a decent goalscoring average.

5.Piatek ensures ‘Pole’ position 

Poland hasn’t missed a European Championships since Greece lifted the highly-sought trophy in 2004, defeating Portugal 1-0 in a shock result.

It seems the Polish presence will be felt once again following Monday’s result, a 4-0 win over Israel ensuring they remain unbeaten after four Group G matches.

Further goals from Bayern Munich class-act Robert Lewandowski, Hull City winger Kamil Grosicki and midfielder Damian Kadzior secured three points for the hosts. An Israel win would have seen Poland slip to second with Andreas Herzog’s jumping ahead of them.

6. Ajax youngster doubles tally as Eriksen steps up

With the talent that can be found within the Denmark ranks, at this stage of the group they shouldn’t already be five points behind the Republic of Ireland.

Of course, he still has quite some way to go before beating fellow striking alumni Jon Dahl Tomasson’s record of 52 goals for Denmark.

Nine things you might have missed from Monday’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers as Ireland remain undefeated

Tottenham and Denmark’s main man Christian Eriksen played his part, netting from the penalty spot to drag the Danes ahead once again following Saba Lobzhanidze’s equaliser. The score finished 5-1 to Denmark in a match they dominated from start to finish.

7. Ramos is a goal machine

We spent a section praising Sergio Ramos’ international credentials on Friday but it would be impossible not to do so once again this evening.

First and second in Group F faced off with both sides undefeated heading into Monday’s fixture. Spain was able to overcome a strong Sweden side with three unanswered second-half goals.

Nine things you might have missed from Monday’s Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers as Ireland remain undefeated

Incredibly, Ramos’ second-half goal – an accurate finish from the penalty spot – means he is now just one goal away from being Spain’s ninth top scorer in the nation’s footballing history.

He has 20 goals to his name for Spain, meaning he has scored more goals than the likes of Alvaro Morata (16), Andres Iniesta (13) Juan Mata (11) and Diego Costa (10).

8. Another double for a Romanian striker

Grabbing themselves a last-minute point in their away 2-2 draw with Norway would have filled Romania with confidence knowing that Malta was next in their sights.

With Spain and Sweden battling it out, there was a real opportunity for Cosmin Contra’s side to catch-up some points on their group rivals.

Following Claudiu Keseru’s double on Friday, tonight it was fellow striker George Pușcaș’ turn to smash two beyond an opposing goalkeeper, nabbing his second and third goals of this Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Romania’s next fixture in this competition comes in September when they host Spain, who currently sit just three points ahead with a goal difference that is better by a single strike.

9. Latvia crash to heaviest defeat in five years

The last time Latvia conceded more five or more goals was in 2014 when the Netherlands smashed them for six in the Euro 2016 qualifiers in 2014.

However, Monday was a match made of nightmares as Latvia lost 5-0 on home soil against Slovenia, who previously hadn’t won any of their matches in Group G.

Two goals apiece from both Domen Crnigoj and Josip Iličić and a second-half goal from Miha Zajc sealed a thumping victory for Matjaž Kek’s side.

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Euro 2020: State of Ireland complete lackluster victory over Gibraltar

Joseph Chipolina owns objective and a late effort from Robbie Brady handed the Republic of Ireland a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Gibraltar. Fans who want to watch the live action of Football can buy Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online.

On a night when 36281 turned up at the Aviva Stadium hoping for a goal-fest Mick McCarthy’s men needed a stroke of good fortune to set them on their way to three points courtesy of a 2-0 win which keeps them at the top of Group D with 10 points from their opening four games.

Euro 2020: State of Ireland complete lackluster victory over Gibraltar
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The Republic whose arrival at Lansdowne Road was delayed when they had to change buses after a mechanical failure misfired despite dominating possession against stubborn opposition and they took the lead only when David McGoldrick’s 29th-minute shot hit the unfortunate Chipolina and ended up in the net.

McGoldrick later struck an upright before Brady came off the bench to score in added time but the game ended with him and the other front men Callum Robinson, Scott Hogan and Sean Maguire still awaiting the first goal for their country and knowing a golden opportunity had passed them by.

McCarthy refused to be downhearted by the lackluster display and said he would have settled for a 1-0 win. If the remit for me was to get 10 points which I’m sure it was that job’s done.

Someone’s just said we had a harder game against Switzerland well we played better against Georgia and Denmark than we have against Gibraltar. But we’ve dispatched Gibraltar twice we’ve got six points off them I don’t know how many crosses we had Was it 30-odd.

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“Well we ought to be better than that but it’s not easy. We could be better with our final ball and with our final cross. We could be better with our shots. I’d have taken 1-0. I didn’t play for that you could see that. The second-half performance was a lot better. They haven’t been in our half. We’ve won so don’t expect me to be too miserable about it.”

In the same group, Denmark has five points from three matches by beating Georgia 5-1 in Copenhagen after Kasper Dolberg netted a 13th-minute opener Georgia leveled 12 minutes later Saba Lobzhanidze before Christian Eriksen reinstated the advantage on the half-hour from the penalty spot.

The home side sailed through the 2nd half with Dolberg adding his second followed by goals from Yussuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite.

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