Stuart Dallas explains what Northern Ireland must achieve this international break

Leeds United star Dallas is hoping Northern Ireland secure their European Championship place.

Northern Ireland need two points from their remaining two games to secure their place in the Finals tournament next summer, and Leeds star Stuart Dallas has told the News Letter that he is hoping to achieve this aim during this ongoing international break.

“Two draws or one win does us,” Dallas said. “We know as a group of players what it will take to get us to France and that’s what we’re focused on.We have players suspended for the Greece game, but the confidence and belief is there that we can put in a big performance.”

Northern Ireland currently sit top of their qualifying group, with 17 points placing them one point ahead of Romania. Hungary are in third place, sitting on 13 points, whilst Dallas’ side take on Greece and Finland in the coming days - who sit fourth and sixth.

They only need two points from their next two games to ensure qualification to the Finals tournament in France next summer.

Dallas wants to see his teammates achieve this aim, with one win or two draws needed, and on current form it should be that Northern Ireland actually win both games.

They have lost just once during this qualification run, whilst Finland have lost four times, and Greece have yet to win a game - picking up only three points from eight games.

Dallas and his teammates look well set to securing qualification with Northern Ireland, and if such an aim is achieved during this international break, Dallas will return to Elland Road next week in flying spirits.

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