Northern Ireland’s Jonny and Corry Evans on being brothers at Euro 2016

Jackie Evans failed to make the grade at Chelsea and Arsenal, but his two sons have both become professionals and full internationals

Northern Ireland make their first appearance at a European Championship on Sunday – 30 years to the day since losing 3-0 against Brazil in their last outing at a major tournament, the 1986 World Cup. A momentous occasion in the country’s football history will carry added significance for Jonny and Corry Evans. The former Manchester United graduates, now playing for West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers respectively, are the 17th pair of brothers to have been selected for a European Championship squad and the first to represent Northern Ireland at an international championship. Danny and Jackie Blanchflower would have featured in the 1958 World Cup for Northern Ireland but for the Munich air disaster earlier that year, which left Jackie with serious and ultimately career-ending injuries. Before the encounter with Poland in Nice, the Evans brothers discuss the revival instigated by the manager, Michael O’Neill, and the debt they owe their parents, Dawn and Jackie.

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