Lyttle says Northern Ireland team has realised the dreams of many with Euro 2016 qualification

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has said the Northern Ireland football team has “realised the dreams” of many following their qualification for Euro 2016.

Mr Lyttle was speaking after having watched the side defeat Greece 3-1 to reach next year’s finals in France, the first European Championship Northern Ireland has ever reached and the first major international tournament they have qualified for since the 1986 World Cup.

“To qualify for our first major international tournament in 30 years is an amazing achievement and one that is still sinking in,” he said.

“Throughout the game and indeed the whole qualifying campaign, Northern Ireland have demonstrated a never say die attitude – one that came right from the fans, through the manager and backroom staff and of course the players on the pitch. The tributes go to each of them.

“It was a privilege to be at the new Windsor Park to witness first-hand an historic achievement that has inspired and united a community. Now we can bask in the glory of qualifying for our first European Championships, and start preparing to showcase our passion on the international stage.”

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