Midfielder hoping to seal Euro 2016 place with UlstermenFor the past few weeks, Oliver Norwood’s sole focus has been on pushing the Royals up the Sky Bet Championship table. But after the full-time whistle called time on Reading’s 2-0 victory against Middlesbrough last Saturday, the midfielder could afford to switch his attention to Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign once again, and a chance to take the country to unchartered territory.
The Ulstermen, who sit on top of Group F, will secure a place in the European Championships for the first time in their history if they can beat Greece, who prop up the group, when they meet at Windsor Park tonight.
“I only started to think about it in the dressing room after the Middlesbrough match, when the boys were wishing each other really well for the rest of this week,” Norwood said. “There is us, Wales and Republic of Ireland that have all got big games and looking to get to France.
“We’re quietly confident with Northern Ireland that we can finish the job on Thursday night. What better way to come back here than having qualified for the Euros? Then hopefully we can kick on in the league.
“It has been fantastic – I don’t think anybody gave us a chance at the start of the campaign. We knew what we had in the dressing room and the manager set us up with a certain style of play, and it suits the players that we’ve got. It has been building for four or five years, but now we’re really confident going into every game. It could be an exciting week.”
Norwood and the other international Royals will be back at Madejski Stadium on Saturday 17th October for our home fixture against Charlton Athletic – click here for ticket information for that fixture.