Stuart Dallas confident about Northern Ireland progress

Leeds' Stuart Dallas celebrates at the final whistle

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas will play for Northern Ireland at the Euro 2016 finals in the summer.

Leeds' Stuart Dallas celebrates at the final whistle

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has told the club’s official website that he hopes to progress past the group stage at the Euro 2016 finals in France.

Dallas has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for the prestigious competition in the summer.

The 25-year-old, who can also play as an attacking midfielder, believes that Michael O’Neill’s side can get out of their group.

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas in action with Belarus' Sergei Kislyak

Northern Ireland have been drawn alongside Poland, Ukraine and Germany in Group C.

Dallas has admitted that it is a tough group, but he is confident that he and his teammates can get out of it.

“It is a tough group,” Dallas told Leeds’s official website. “Every team at the finals is quality and we are under no illusions as to how tough it’s going to be.

“But we’re looking forward to it – we don’t fear anyone, I know that much. Even Germany, who we play last. It could work well by playing them last.

“We need positive results from the first two matches and then we will be full of confidence. Plus, who knows, Germany may already be through by the time they play us.”

Leeds'  Stuart Dallas (L) in action with Birmingham's Paul Caddis

Winning against 2014 World Cup winners Germany will be tough, but Northern Ireland can certainly pick up points against Poland and Ukraine.

Dallas will be a key player for his country, and he will head into the European Championship in good form.

The 25-year-old, who joined Leeds from Brentford in the summer of 2015, scored five goals and created 51 chances in 44 Championship appearances this past season.

The Northern Ireland international winger had a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 41%, and won 22 headers, 29 dribbles and 39 tackles.

Ben Osborn of Nottingham Forest in action with Stuart Dallas of Leeds United

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