Michael O’Neill confident Kyle Lafferty will continue to deliver for Northern Ireland

Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty
Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty

Michael O’Neill doesn’t believe Kyle Lafferty’s inactivity at club level will impact on his performances with Northern Ireland.

Lafferty has been O’Neill’s talisman in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, bagging six goals in six games.

It leaves Northern Ireland in second spot in Group F, and on the cusp of automatic qualification for next year’s finals in France.

Lafferty has yet to feature for Norwich City this season as he recovers from a knee injury – but he did return to Canaries first-team training this week.

Despite the enforced absence, O’Neill is confident Lafferty will continue to deliver for Northern Ireland.

“Kyle is someone who just goes out on the pitch and plays and doesn’t think about it,” O’Neill said.

“His confidence is sky high at the moment given what he has done so far in this campaign and hopefully he will continue that form and his club situation won’t be a factor.

“Sometimes you find that the international break is good for players when their club situation isn’t going how they would like.”

O’Neill yesterday named a 26-man squad for forthcoming qualifiers against the Faroes and Hungary.

Northern Ireland face a trip to the Faroes on September 4 before hosting Hungary at Windsor Park three days later.