WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Josh Magennis wants to hear Northern Ireland fans roar on team against San Marino

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis
Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis hopes he gets to prove his worth in the World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Saturday before travelling to play Germany on Tuesday.

Saturday’s clash is also the official opening of the new National Football Stadium for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park and the Charlton striker is hoping he can get time on the pitch.

“The new stadium is being opened and it is going to great. The stands are all ready and it means more fans can get into the ground and that is fantastic for us because the fans have always been brilliant.

“The fans have been a huge part of our success, so it will be great for them to get the stadium opened and hopefully we get our first win. The whole thing will be great for Northern Ireland football, so to play any part in that would be brilliant.

“We are all champing at the bit and can’t wait for Saturday,” he added.

And Michael O’Neill’s men were unbeaten at home through their whole Euro qualifying campaign and Magennis says they want more of the same.

“Your home record speaks volumes and they will know they are coming to a tricky place and with the fans it will be a bit volatile. It is important that we make Windsor a fortress and win our home matches,” he added.

And manager Michael O’Neill says they have to get the campaign off to a winning start on Saturday.

“It won’t be an easy game against San Marino, but we will enter the match believing we can win,” said O’Neill.

“We will also be targeting a victory at home to Azerbaijan next month and anything we can take from Germany will be a bonus.

“Before we played our first match of this campaign, at our training camp in Austria we had a good meeting with the players and told them where we believed we had to deliver points and at home was a big factor in that.”

And Paul Paton and Callum Morris have been called into the squad for the qualifiers.