‘Home Nations on the rise’ admits Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill

Michael O'Neill with Scotland boss Gordon Strachan at Hampden Park
Michael O'Neill with Scotland boss Gordon Strachan at Hampden Park

Michael O’Neill believes the Home Nations are enjoying a a resurgence in international football.

England predictably top their Euro 2016 qualifying group, while Wales and Scotland have also gained positive starts to their campaigns.

O’Neill’s Northern Ireland are also on the ascendancy following three wins from four opening qualifiers.

“I think it is a good time. Wales got off to a good start in their group, and England should qualify comfortably. Scotland have also had an encouraging start to their group,” O’Neill said.

“The home nations are all competing in their respective groups, and that is great to see.

“It would be great to see more than just England qualifying for a major finals. I think it would be phenomenal for Northern Ireland to get to the Euros.”

Meanwhile, the Irish FA confirmed on Monday that Northern Ireland will play Qatar in a friendly on Sunday, May 31 at Crewe’s Gresty Road ground (5pm kick-off).

It is also expected that O’Neill’s side will take on Wales in Cardiff on June 4.