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Northern Ireland to host Belarus in final friendly before Euro 2016

Published 17/02/2016 | 13:16

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is preparing his team for Euro 2016
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is preparing his team for Euro 2016

Northern Ireland will host Belarus at Windsor Park on Friday 27 May in their final home fixture before Euro 2016.

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Michael O'Neill's team are then scheduled to travel to Austria for a week-long training camp and a friendly with Slovakia, who have also qualified for the competition, on June 4 at the City Arena Stadium in Trnava, Slovakia.

They will next head to their Euro 2016 base in Lyon, France, ahead of their opening fixture against Poland in Nice on 12 June.

"Belarus have had a solid season so far and they will provide a good test for us as we build towards our first game in France," said O'Neill of their first ever international against Belarus.

"The game, of course, will also act as a send-off for the team so I'm sure there will be a great atmosphere in the stadium, which the players will really appreciate."

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