Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has backed his players to go in with the belief that they can defeat Denmark
Promising youngster Isaac Price carries the ball during Northern Ireland's Euro 2024 qualifying clash with Finland
Rangers starlet Ross McCausland made his senior Northern Ireland debut during the defeat to Finland
Michael O’Neill insists he and his Northern Ireland players must believe they can muster a victory against Denmark on Monday night at Windsor Park and end a desperate run of defeats in the Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Northern Ireland will enter the final Group H encounter with just six points out of a possible 27, accumulated courtesy of two victories over minnows San Marino.
Every other time O’Neill’s side have played against Denmark, Slovenia, Finland and Kazakhstan, they have lost, with the latest setback coming in Helsinki on Friday when they were humiliated 4-0.
Before the match in the Olympic Stadium, O’Neill declared that, even allowing for the worst injury crisis he has known in his time in international football, he and the team would have to take a long hard look at themselves if, at the climax of the campaign, their only points were from contests versus the lowest-ranked nation in the world.
The only way to change that record is for his young side to draw against or beat a Denmark outfit who are top of the group table and safely qualified for the Euro 2024 Finals.
“You have to go in with the belief that we can take something at home,” said O’Neill.
“We certainly believed we could take something from the Finland game, but that hasn’t been the case.
“We have just got to continue to try to prepare the team as best we can, to try and give them a chance to take something in any game they goRead on belfasttelegraph.co.uk