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FLANAGAN HOPES FOR NORTHERN IRELAND ACTION

4 September 2017

BREWERS defender Tom Flanagan will be hoping to help Northern Ireland seal second place in their group and a World Cup play-off spot as they take on the Czech Republic tonight.

The eight best performing runners up from the nine groups will make the play offs, meaning second place virtually guarantees a play off slot.

Michael O'Neill's team are seven points ahead of the third-placed Czech Republic, with Germany leading the group.

Northern Ireland strengthened their position with a 3-0 win over San Marino on Friday night. Flanagan was an unused substitute as O'Neill opted for an attacking line-up.

With the manager expected to add to his side’s defensive strength against more challenging opponents, Flanagan is more likely to feature this evening in Belfast.

Brewers midfielder Matty Lund was also named in the 25-man squad with Albion striker Liam Boyce missing out through injury.


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