Only best will do – O’Neill

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Michael O'Neill has admitted his Northern Ireland side will need to be at their best in order to qualify out of their Euro 2020 group.

Michael O’Neill has admitted his Northern Ireland side will need to be at their best in order to qualify out of their Euro 2020 group.

Northern Ireland begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a home clash against Estonia on March 21 and look to be up against it to make the tournament next summer as the Netherlands and Germany are also in Group C, along with Belarus.

The former Shamrock Rovers chief, who famously guided NI to the last 16 of Euro 2016 in France, admitted his side are going to be in for a tough challenge trying to make Euro 2020.

‘It’s a tough group.

We look forward to the games when they come round.

It’s a five-month period when we’re going to have to be at our best,’ he said.

O’Neill was speaking to the Belfast Telegraph and also detailed his meeting this week with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Windsor Park on their visit to Northern Ireland.

O’Neill added: ‘(The Duke) complimented us on the progress we have made in recent years and wished us well for the campaign.

‘You can tell he has a keen interest in sport and he has a very keen interest in using sport in terms of improving different aspects of society.

‘That came through today, both from himself and Kate.

They were very interested in all of the projects that the IFA run and they do very similar work themselves.’

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