Seven years ago, Jonny Evans earned his first senior international cap, in front of a spellbound Windsor Park crowd as David Healy’s hat-trick smothered Spain.
The majestic 3-2 win sticks in the minds of many, but in the Manchester United defender’s eyes, it cemented Healy as Northern Ireland’s true talisman.
While he values how manager Michael O’Neill’s attacking options have pleasingly extended throughout the field, Evans still holds Healy in high regard.
“Do I think we have more of a goal threat? No, because we always had David who scored goals. That was always the goal threat there, and over the years, I think back to when I was with Keith Gillespie on the right wing, getting crosses in which we can score goals from.
“Maybe we have gone back to that, in terms of getting the ball wide and crosses in.
“Our two goals [against Portugal] came from set pieces, which we haven’t always been good at.
“That, and our delivery is improving. I think it’s the finer details in the game which make the difference.”
In both the absence of Healy, and an outright goalscorer, keeping shape, discipline and focus against Luxembourg will be key for Northern Ireland, which will be only Evans’ second away international.
His brother, Corry, scored the only goal the last time Northern Ireland won away, against Slovenia in 2010, a game which Jonny missed through injury.
“One thing I have always found over the years is if you end up getting a lot more of the ball, the onus is on us to produce and if we don’t produce or don’t score early on then people start to get worried.
“But if we stick to what we know we will do well, no matter what our options are, if we keep composure I think we will do well.” Evans said.
As an experienced Premier League star, alongside centre-back Gareth McAuley, Evans had a crucial role in leadership to play, as well as in defence against Portugal.
Now the newlywed 25-year old plans to lead by example, savouring life as a senior player.
“I think my role has changed. It’s not been a dramatic change for me but I have been asked the same question at club level.
“You lead by example and show the lads by the performances, that pays dividends more than lads getting on each others’ backs at international level cause you’re not there day in day out you don’t really have the same... Well, I wouldn’t say bond but if you say something to someone at club it is forgotten about but you have to show some respect at this level, I think.”
Reflecting on performances aginst the ‘smaller’ sides Evans admits Northern Ireland have struggled.
“We haven’t done as well against teams at the same level as ourselves or below, as we are always good as underdog, so it will be a tough game but one we are looking forward to.
“If you look back at last games and way we have applied ourselves, it’s good. Everyone says we are enjoying it but we really are and it is a good atmosphere here.”