Northern Ireland line up Uruguay friendly

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland will play Uruguay in Montevideo on 30 May as part of the South American country’s warm up for the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil the following month.

The Association is hopeful of arranging another friendly game in South America against a FIFA World Cup finals participant and should be able to announce that soon.

These games will be the final chance for Michael O’Neill to play preparation games before we start on our Euro 2016 qualification games in September.

O’Neill said: “This will be a good opportunity for the team to play against top class opposition.

“It will be a great experience for the players and also a chance for them to play in South America – something which doesn’t very often happen in a player’s career.

“It will be a difficult challenge, but a great one for both the team and for me as a manager.”

Northern Ireland have played Uruguay on three previous occasions: the friendly matches took place in - April 1964 in Belfast (3-0 win with goals from Samuel Wilson and Johnny Crossan - 2 penalties), May 1990 in Belfast (1-0 win – Kevin Wilson) and May 2006 in New Jersey (1-0 defeat).

Irish FA President, Jim Shaw added: “There is no friendly date in August this year, so the Uruguay friendly will be an important game looking ahead to the European qualifiers.”