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Healy healed for Northern Ireland

Published: Wednesday 21 March 2007, 17.38CET
David Healy's return will boost Northern Ireland's hopes of topping Group F, a feat they could manage with wins in Liechtenstein and against Sweden.
by Kenny Archer
from Belfast

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Published: Wednesday 21 March 2007, 17.38CET

Healy healed for Northern Ireland

David Healy's return will boost Northern Ireland's hopes of topping Group F, a feat they could manage with wins in Liechtenstein and against Sweden.

Northern Ireland have been boosted by the return of record goalscorer David Healy for this week's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifiers in Liechtenstein and at home to Sweden.

Healy healed
Healy, with 24 goals in 54 internationals, missed last month's friendly goalless draw with Wales because of a broken elbow. Veteran forward James Quinn is also back after a spell away from the national side. Northern Ireland are going well in Group F, with seven points from four games leaving them level with second-placed Denmark. Were the Danes to lose in Spain on Saturday, then Northern Ireland could top the group with victories in Vaduz and against section leaders Sweden in Belfast.

'Sweden strong'
Manager Lawrie Sanchez is not looking too far ahead, though. "At this moment in time we've got to try and pick up the points in Liechtenstein and then try to get something against Sweden," he said. "Whatever team Sweden put out, they are going to be strong. But if we could nick a win, we would put ourselves in a fantastic position."

Northern Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Maik Taylor (Birmingham City FC), Roy Carroll (West Ham United FC), Alan Mannus (Linfield FC).

Defenders: Stephen Craigan (Motherwell FC), Aaron Hughes (Aston Villa FC), Michael Duff (Burnley FC), Jonny Evans (Manchester United FC), Sean Webb (Ross County FC).

Midfielders: Grant McCann (Barnsley FC), Steve Davis (Aston Villa FC), Keith Gillespie (Sheffield United FC), Damien Johnson (Birmingham City FC), Chris Brunt (Sheffield Wednesday FC), Steve Jones (Burnley FC), Stuart Elliott (Hull City FC).

Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Burnley FC), Ivan Sproule (Hibernian FC), Warren Feeney (Luton Town FC), David Healy (Leeds United FC), James Quinn (Northampton Town FC).

 
Last updated: 21/03/07 20.39CET

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