Euro 2008

Baird: We're not playing for money

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Baird: Pride in the shirt

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Chris Baird has played down talk a financial pay-out is behind Northern Ireland's motivation for success.

The players and staff stand to share a bonus totalling £1million should they qualify for Euro 2008.

However, Baird insists the players are playing for their country, not for an extra payday.

"We are not concerned about the bonus," explained Baird.

"It is there for us but we have to get good results first. We have to concentrate on the games that lie ahead.

"We want to do it for ourselves and our country, not for money.

"There is a fighting spirit and togetherness among the boys that is second to none."

Honour to lead

Baird will continue to captain Nigel Worthington's side in the continued absence of injured Aaron Hughes.

The ex-Southampton defender would like the job on a permanent basis, but is content to wear the armband in the short-term.

"I am very honoured," he continued. "It is a great privilege to lead the team out.

"Aaron and I have had a good laugh about it. He knows I would love to be captain for good.

"I will just settle for having the job at the moment."