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Gerry Armstrong believes Northern Ireland can make Euro 2016 memorable

Armstrong and Nigel Worthington are confident that Northern Ireland’s return to a major championship can be a fruitful one for Michael O’Neill’s side

Gerry Armstrong knows a thing or two about upsetting the odds at a major tournament. By scoring for Northern Ireland against Spain at the 1982 World Cup he secured arguably the most famous victory in the country’s history. So when Armstrong talks of parallels between the squad Michael O’Neill has taken to Euro 2016 and the ones he was part of during Northern Ireland’s golden era, it is worth listening.

Armstrong’s goal in Valencia, famously driven through the legs of Spain’s goalkeeper Luis Arconada, meant the team finished top of their group. Four years later Northern Ireland were back on the grandest stage, at the World Cup in Mexico. Although they failed to make it beyond the opening round there, Armstrong believes O’Neill’s team are capable of reaching the knockout stages in France, their first major tournament since then.

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