NI squad take 12-game unbeaten run to Euro 2016

The Northern Ireland football squad are taking a 12-game unbeaten run to France for Euro 2016, after holding Slovakia to a nil-all draw in their final friendly.

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NI fans head to France amid terrorist threat

As thousands of fans make their way to France for Euro 2016, the Prime Minister has warned the terrorist threat is severe.

A major security operation is underway and supporters travelling from Northern Ireland are being advised to be vigilant, as Sara Moore reports.


Pupils create giant Steven Davis mosaic from sprinkles

Pupils at Steven Davis’s former primary school in Co Antrim have created a very sweet mosaic of the Northern Ireland captain.

The portrait, which measures 12 feet by eight, is made of 40 kilograms of Smarties and 45 kilograms of green and white ice cream sprinkles, provided by Morelli's Ice Cream.

Rikki Peters from Buick Memorial PS said the children wanted to pay tribute to the footballing star ahead of Northern Ireland’s first match at Euro 2016 this weekend.

“He was a pupil here from 1989 to 1996 and we’re supporting him 100% at the moment,” she said.

Lafferty fit to face Poland

Lafferty was in good spirits after getting the all-clear after tests on a potential groin injury. Credit: Pacemaker

Striker Kyle Lafferty appears to be fit and ready to face Poland on Sunday in Northern Ireland’s opening Euro 2016 pool game, after a precautionary scan on his groin came back clear.

Lafferty sat out Wednesday morning’s training after limping out of the previous day’s session.

A spokesman for the Irish Football Association confirmed the 28-year-old underwent tests to assess any possible injury.

However, Lafferty, who was spotted on the exercise bike as his teammates trained at their Saint-Georges-de-Reneins base, confirmed to his 18,000 Twitter followers that he was fit and raring to go in four day’s time.


Martin McGuinness gets NI in Euro 2016 draw

Martin McGuinness has drawn Northern Ireland in his office Euro 2016 sweepstakes.

The deputy First Minister tweeted his surprise after finding himself backing “the favourites” in France this summer.

It's not the first time Mr McGuinness has been left speechless by his luck when it comes to football championship draws.

His pick for the World Cup back in 2014 was England.

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Lafferty 'off as precaution' says NI boss

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has moved to reassure fans following the latest injury scare.

Kyle Lafferty limped off during training in France earlier on Tuesday, but the boss quickly moved to state that his striker was "fine".

"We have no major concerns there," O'Neill said.

"It's a little twist but, on examination, we don't expect any major issues at all. We're just being careful."

He added: "We're more concerned about the thunder and lightning, to be honest!"

Lafferty hits the ice baths after training. Credit: Presseye

Injury scare in France for NI's Lafferty

Northern Ireland have suffered an injury scare at a training session in France ahead of the Euros.

Kyle Lafferty limps off the pitch during Tuesday's training session. Credit: Presseye

Striker Kyle Lafferty limped out of training in Saint-Georges-de Reneins on Tuesday morning.

He had also been limping when he left the pitch following NI's friendly game against Slovakia on Friday night - although that had been dismissed by manager Michael O'Neill, who brought him off as a precaution.

Euro 2016 Fanzone takes shape

A 'fanzone' with a 10,000 capacity has been set up in the Titanic Quarter, complete with a huge screen, for fans to enjoy Euro 2016 matches.

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