Lafferty lauds Irish belief

15 October 2014 03:16:44 EST

Striker Kyle Lafferty says that every member of the Northern Ireland squad believes that they can go on and qualify for the European Championship finals in 2016.

Lafferty was on target as the Irish made it three wins out of three in Group F with a fine 2-0 victory in Greece, which followed up wins over both Hungary and the Faroe Islands.

We believe in ourselves, every single player believes we can qualify for the Euros.

Kyle Lafferty

And Lafferty and co are now full of confidence, with a massive trip to Romania up next, with the East Europeans the nearest challengers to Northern Ireland in the group

Lafferty said after stretching his own scoring run to three in three games: "We believe in ourselves, every single player believes we can qualify for the Euros. We (have) sent out a massive statement.

"We got the three points we came here for and we're sitting top of the league on nine points."

Meanwhile, manager Michel O'Neill admitted that his side had surpassed his expectations for their opening games in Group F, two of which have been away from home.

He added: "We wouldn't have expected to win our first three games, but I had a good feeling about this one.

"I said to the players if we had six points after four games we'd probably be relatively pleased, now it's nine from three. The players are delighted too, but I don't think they're surprised."

Northern Ireland can now be backed at 1/1 to qualify for Euro 2016 and are 1/1 to top Group F, with Romania 1/1.

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