Date: 14th October 2015 at 5:40pm
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Gareth McAuley (Northern Ireland)

14th August 2013 - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying (Group F) - Northern Ireland v Russia - Gareth McAuley of Northern Ireland - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

West Brom’s 35-year-old has demonstrated that age if just a number throughout Northern Ireland’s historic UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifiers with solid defensive displays and the all-important eye for goal. McAuley has been a rock for the Green and White Army’s mission to qualify for their first-ever Euro finals and their first taste of major tournament football since the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Only Group F’s leading top goalscorer and Northern Ireland hitman Kyle Lafferty (7) can boast about scoring more goals than the centre-halves’ three strikes throughout the qualification process. This particular international break will live long in the memory of McAuley and Baggies teammate Chris Brunt after their 3-1 victory over Euro 2004 winners Greece inside Windsor Park on Thursday night sparked nationwide celebrations.

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