Date: 14th October 2015 at 5:28pm
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Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland)

8th October 2015 - European Championship Qualifying (Group F) - Northern Ireland v Greece - Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland jumps on the back of teammate Patrick McNair as they celebrate victory and qualification - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

With Northern Ireland making history by qualifying for their first major tournament since 1986 with a 3-1 win against Greece on Thursday night, you couldn’t really look past the young defender.

In a group where they were expected to finish in a play-off place as the best possible scenario, Michael O’Neill’s men ended up winning Group F by a point.

The United youngster played 85 minutes of the win against the Greeks, but the 20-year-old suffered a ruptured liver in his nation’s draw against Finland on Sunday evening, meaning he has spent the last three nights in a Helsinki hospital.

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