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O'Neill missing Little but Evans fit for World Cup qualifier

Last Updated: 11/09/12 11:03am

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Jonny Evans: Fit and available for Northern Ireland despite recent ankle problem

Jonny Evans: Fit and available for Northern Ireland despite recent ankle problem

Northern Ireland have the chance to get their World Cup qualifying campaign up and running when they entertain Luxembourg on Tuesday night.

Michael O'Neill's men faced a tough trip to Russia in Friday's Group F opener and lost 2-0 courtesy of goals from Viktor Fayzulin and Roman Shirokov.

Shirokov scored from the penalty spot and O'Neill was left nursing a sense of injustice as he felt the decision to award a spot-kick against Craig Cathcart was harsh.

Attention has now turned to the visit of Luxembourg to Windsor Park, and Northern Ireland will be relying on their home form to keep them in contention for qualification.

O'Neill could therefore decide to name a more attacking line-up, with the fit-again Shane Ferguson perhaps returning on the left and Chris Brunt on the right wing.

Andy Little, however, has been ruled out with a foot problem and sent back to Rangers to work on his recovery.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is fit to play despite feeling some pain in his ankle during the Russia match, and O'Neill has no other injury concerns.

Roy Carroll is set to once again line up in goal, with Lee Camp pulling out of the squad due to personal reasons and Trevor Carson called up as cover.

O'Neill has warned fans not to expect an easy match, though, after Luxembourg gave Portugal a major fright on Friday.

Daniel da Mota fired Luxembourg in front before Portugal battled back to claim a narrow 2-1 victory.

Not easy

"When you look at the group we have you could say the perception is that this will be our easiest game, but you'd only need to have a conversation with the Portuguese and their manager to know it's not going to be straightforward," said O'Neill.

"I wouldn't say it's as easy a game as you'll get. If you look at Luxembourg, you'll see in recent times their games have been very close.

"In their last few games they've been beaten 2-1 by Georgia, 1-0 by Switzerland, they beat Macedonia 2-1.

"That gives you an indication that this is not a team, with all due respect, that's a San Marino or a Liechtenstein that is getting beaten 7-0 or 8-0 in qualifying games.

"The biggest thing against Portugal was their work-rate and their willingness to work. They played with a 4-5-1 formation, had a lot of energy in midfield and scored a great goal from a wide area.

"Going ahead gave them a massive boost and they worked very hard for each other. I've no doubt they'll do the same."

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 11th Sep - Group E
    Tue 11th Sep - Group F
    Tue 11th Sep - Group I
    Tue 11th Sep - Group D
    Tue 11th Sep - Group B
    Tue 11th Sep - Group G
    • Bos & Herz
      4 - 1
      Latvia
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      TV
    • Slovakia
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
      bet
      TV
    • Greece
      2 - 0
      Lithuania
      bet
      TV
    Tue 11th Sep - Group A
    Tue 11th Sep - Group H
    Tue 11th Sep - Group C

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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