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Norwood hoping to make history with Northern Ireland

4 September 2015

Midfielder looking to secure place at France 2016

Royals midfielder Oliver Norwood is hopeful of helping Northern Ireland qualify for the European Championships for the first time in the country’s history.

The Ulstermen first take on Faroe Islands in Torshavn – and if they beat their hosts and Hungary fail to beat leaders Romania this evening, they could secure a place in Euro 2016 with a win against Hungary in Belfast on Monday.  Norwood feels that would be an ideal scenario going into next May – and is particularly hopeful of being able to celebrate achievements with club as well as country.

“It’s exciting times – what better way to go into next summer than having qualified for an international tournament?” said the Reading midfielder.  “It would be a history-making achievement – we’ve never qualified for a European tournament.

“Hopefully with Reading we can be at the right end of the table then too and challenging to get into the Premier League – that’s the dream and where every player wants to be.  To achieve those two goals would be a dream come true.”

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