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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Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020

Poland, Belgium, and Italy qualify while Russia defeated Cyprus 5-0. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Poland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup at home last year, had only to avoid defeat in Nicosia to follow Belgium in Group I qualifying.

Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring in the ninth minute, before Magomed Ozdoev. The author of a fabulous long-term strike against Scotland, scored the match two halfway through the first half.

Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020
Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020

In the 28th minute, Kostas Laifis was sacked for a crazy defeat against Russian back Sergei Petrov. Forward Artem Dzyuba scored his third goal in two games in the 79th minute, before Aleksandr Golovin and Cheryshev’s second goal completed the pass.

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Russia will try to overtake Belgium, who beat Kazakhstan 2-0 earlier Sunday at the summit that will host the first world team on November 16th. Poland started their match against North Macedonia knowing that the victory would allow them to win the Euro.

They had to be patient with the visitors, who could qualify for the playoffs after winning their League of Nations group if they did not do it automatically.

Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020
Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020

But Przemyslaw Frankowski scored at home less than 60 seconds after coming into play in the 74th minute before Akardiusz Milik scored.

Poland is three points ahead of Austria, who won 1-0 in Slovenia, leading Group G, five points behind North Macedonia and Slovenia. Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands remained top of Group C, ahead of Germany. They beat Belarus with 2-1 in Minsk.

The Netherlands took third place, Northern Ireland, with three points after beating Michael O’Neill’s 3-1 on Thursday. Fans can get Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online.

Georginio Wijnaldum led the opposition team in the 32nd minute, shortly after Denis Laptev missed a golden opportunity to give Belarus a head start.

Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020
Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020

The Liverpool midfielder had doubled the advantage before the break with a magnificent 25-yard strike in the turn, and although Stanislav Dragun gave hope to Belarus early in the second period, the Netherlands has stood firm.

“We have to do better than we did in the second half, even though everything was under control at the end,” Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk.

We are now on the verge of qualifying for the final and that’s ultimately what matters. Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020

The victory in Belfast against the Northern Irish next month would ensure Oranje’s first major tournament appearance since being third at the 2014 World Cup.

Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020
Poland and Russia, Germany and the Netherlands are getting closer to Euro 2020

Ilkay Gundogan, who, with Can before the kickoff, has “unloved” a controversial post from Cenk Tosun, the Turkish striker, scored two goals, while Timo Werner also found the net.

Joachim Loew’s team will welcome Northern Ireland in their last match, which could decide the second place. We had to regroup after the red card, the team played well after the break, we did not concede and we scored three goals, Loew said.

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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: Where is the qualification battle stands for now?

The qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end, with places in next summer’s tournament still up for grabs. Fans are excited to get their Euro Cup Final Tickets to see live performances of their favorite team and players.

The PA News Agency examines the countries that have already reserved a place and describes the situation in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Euro 2020 -Where is the qualification battle stands for now
Euro 2020 -Where is the qualification battle stands for now

England Euro 2020

After a sudden defeat by the Czech Republic by beating Bulgaria 6-0, Gareth Southgate’s team is about to qualify. To enjoy the most exciting matches, grab your England Euro Cup Tickets.

England needs only one more point and qualifies in a draw against Montenegro on November 14 in Wembley, or if Kosovo bows against the Czech Republic the same day.

They finish group A against Kosovo in Pristina on November 17th.

Scotland Euro 2020

Steve Clarke’s men have no chance of being in the top two in Group I after losing five of their eight games so far.

However, Scotland is on the road to “second chance” through the play-offs, which were won by the victory of its League of Nations group.

The qualifying play-offs will take place in March 2020. Four places will be offered to the teams qualified for the semi-finals and the final, the ranking for the pairs being based on the performances of the League of Nations. As the winner of the highest-ranked League C group, Scotland will host a semi-final.

Wales Euro 2020

The 1-1 draw with Slovakia and Croatia left Ryan Giggs fourth in Group E, four points off second with one game less. For live-action, you can buy Wales Euro Cup Tickets online.

Tom Lawrence named to Welsh squad for upcoming Euro 2020
Tom Lawrence named to Welsh for upcoming Euro 2020

The victories in their last two games, far from Azerbaijan and then Hungary, would allow Wales to take the lead and qualify for the seal unless Slovakia also wins its last two matches.

They also seem likely, although they are not sure, to have a play area available in case they miss it.

Northern Ireland Euro 2020

Manager Michael O’Neill had a brave face after defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in Rotterdam, where Northern Ireland took the lead before suffering a late defeat. The community who love their favorite team they are booking Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets.

The subsequent victories of the top two Netherlands and Germany left Northern Ireland three points behind third-place, requiring an unlikely maximum of next month’s home games against the Dutch and Frankfurt to qualify for Group C.

A place for the play-offs remains a possibility and they can gain confidence after Monday’s friendly victory over the Czech Republic in Prague.

Republic of Ireland Euro 2020

Despite losing to Switzerland, Mick McCarthy’s group remains in first place in Group D, tied with Denmark, even though they played a game more. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets.

Euro Cup 2020 - Where is the qualification battle stands for now
Euro Cup 2020 – Where is the qualification battle stands for now

With Switzerland also in the mix, Ireland must now take three points from the Danes in Dublin next month to qualify automatically.

Given their low place in the League of Nations standings, McCarthy’s men will be eager to seize the opportunity.

Other qualifiers for Euro 2020

Three-time European champions, Spain and Ukraine have become the last countries to carve a place in the tournament.

Belgium, Italy, Russia, and Poland also obtained their places.

World champions such as France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, and Croatia are among the countries that still have work to do.

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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.

Possible route back of Koeman to Camp Nou will not become purer until after Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers againstNorthern Ireland. Football fans can book Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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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How things stand after October Euro 2020 qualifiers

The final qualifying round for the European Championship is over, with six countries securing their place in next summer’s tournament at the October matches. Sports fanatics from all over the world can buy Euro Cup Final Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and Spain are all sure to have their place in Euro 2020. The group stage will end in November, while England is about to qualify.

So what should they do and what is the current situation for the other countries of origin and the Republic of Ireland?

England

Euro 2020 qualifying - How things stand for Group A after October matches
Euro 2020 qualifying – How things stand for Group A after October matches

England’s Gareth Southgate is about to qualify with a 6-0 win in Bulgaria and will qualify with a draw at home against Montenegro on November 14, or if Kosovo bows against the Czech Republic on the same night.

A win for the Czechs will also guarantee the qualification. Kosovo is guaranteed a place in play-off if necessary because of its campaign in the League of Nations.

England finishes the campaign in Kosovo on November 17th. Fans from all over the world can buy England Euro Cup Tickets online.

North Ireland

Euro 2020 qualifying - How things stand for Group C after October matches
Euro 2020 qualifying – How things stand for Group C after October matches

Northern Ireland faded after the Netherlands’ dramatic 3-1 defeat, which scored twice in injury time on Thursday.

Michael O’Neill’s men welcome the Dutch and travel to Germany for their last two games next month. The Netherlands came close to qualifying with a 2-1 win in Belarus on Sunday, followed by Germany with a 3-0 win in Estonia later in the day.

The Dutch will qualify if they draw against Northern Ireland in Belfast on 16 November. Germany would join them if they defeated Belarus the same day. Germany will also pass if it draws and Northern Ireland loses.

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In case of failure, Northern Ireland could still try their luck through the playoffs.

Wales

Euro 2020 qualifying - How things stand for Group E after October matches
Euro 2020 qualifying – How things stand for Group E after October matches

Wales draw against Slovakia and Croatia means they will be eliminated if they bow to Azerbaijan on 16 November.

Croatia, a World Cup finalist, was waiting for their Gareth Bale qualifier in Cardiff but will get their place thanks to a draw against Slovakia on 16 November.

Wales ends with a match against Hungary on 19 November – a match that could determine the fate of both sides.

Wales may also have a fold in the play-offs.

Scotland

Euro 2020 qualifying - How things stand for Group I after October matches
Euro 2020 qualifying – How things stand for Group I after October matches

Scottish hopes to finish in the top two are over after a 4-0 win in Russia on Thursday. However, the Scots are guaranteed to play the barrage next March through the League of Nations.

Scotland ends their campaign with matches against Cyprus and Kazakhstan in November.

Belgium became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 by beating San Marino 9-0, while Russia joined them with a 5-0 win in Cyprus on Sunday.

Republic of Ireland

Euro 2020 qualifying - How things stand for Group D after October matches
Euro 2020 qualifying – How things stand for Group D after October matches

In addition to the home nations, the Republic of Ireland could have secured their Euro 2020 spot with a win in Switzerland on Tuesday but a 2-0 defeat means they will almost certainly have to beat Denmark on 19 November to qualify.

They know a win will be enough to pip the Danes, although they will need to win by two goals if the Swiss only get four points from their final games against Georgia and Gibraltar. For live-action, you can buy Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online.

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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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