Wednesday 17 July 2019

Ward ups the ante for North by insisting 'We're just as good as Republic's players'

Jamie Ward Photo: PA
Jamie Ward Photo: PA Sportsdesk

Nottingham Forest striker Jamie Ward believes Northern Ireland's players are still not getting the recognition they deserve when it comes to getting moves to bigger clubs.

"It's about someone taking a chance on us and letting us prove our worth at the next level. They (the clubs) seem to prefer buying players from the Republic squad, but we're just as good as them," said Ward.

Switzerland arrived in Belfast yesterday ahead of the first leg of their World Cup play-off tomorrow, with Ward insisting: "Everyone in the football world is expecting them to win."

The Nottingham Forest striker, back in Michael O'Neill's squad for the first time since March having overcome a calf problem, added: "We're always great as the underdogs, so I think it was a bit of a bonus us not being seeded.

"If we play the way we can play, I don't see why we can't take a lead out there."

Should O'Neill's team find a way past the Swiss, they would end a 32-year exile from the World Cup finals and become the first Northern Ireland team to make the finals of back-to-back major tournaments.

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