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Lithuania hoping for milestone campaign

Published: Friday 25 July 2014, 10.23CET
Winger Arvydas Novikovas thinks "Lithuania would become a football country" if they come through UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying to reach their first major international tournament.
 
Published: Friday 25 July 2014, 10.23CET

Lithuania hoping for milestone campaign

Winger Arvydas Novikovas thinks "Lithuania would become a football country" if they come through UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying to reach their first major international tournament.

Lithuania head into UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying with one very clear goal in mind – to reach their first major international tournament.

A change in format means 23 teams will join hosts France at the finals, ensuring countries such as Lithuania have a far greater chance of making the cut. Drawn in Group E alongside England, Estonia, San Marino, Slovenia and Switzerland, they are upbeat about their prospects. Indeed, winger Arvydas Novikovas feels the upcoming campaign could be a turning point for his nation.

"If we go through to the European Championship, of course it would be a great celebration for us, our fans and every Lithuanian," said the 23-year-old FC Erzgebirge Aue player. "It would change football in Lithuania. The popularity of football would significantly increase. Young people would start seeing football in a different light. Lithuania would become a football country."

Click on the video above to hear more from Novikovas and international team-mate Tadas Kijanskas.

Last updated: 25/07/14 10.24CET

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