Leeds United: All eyes on club’s international interest

Stuart Dallas.
Stuart Dallas.
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Leeds United fans will have their eyes on two international fixtures today, with both Stuart Dallas and Lewis Cook representing the Elland Road club.

Dallas is taking part in a potentially huge Euro 2016 qualifying game for Northern Ireland against Greece at home in Group F (kick-off 7.45pm).

A win for Michael O’Neill’s side would put them out of the reach of Hungary, who are third in their group, and would mean that they would qualify for an international competition for the first time since the 1986 World Cup.

Dallas has started the last three qualifiers for the Green and White Army, and will be hoping to have an impact as Northern Ireland try and reach their first ever European Championship finals.

Greece are marooned at the bottom of their group, having lost against minnows the Faroe Islands during qualification.

Dallas’ side will also qualify as long as Hungary do not win their two remaining matches.

Former Leeds striker David Healy is optimistic that Northern Ireland will make next summer’s tournament in France

He told the BBC: “I’m still 100 per cent confident and I believe it will be done and dusted at Windsor Park on Thursday.

“During my international career we rarely came close to qualifying so to do it would be a massive achievement. It would lift everyone and be a massive boost for the game here.”

Cook faces the first of what could be three games in six days when England Under-19s play Macedonia at 2pm today.

Despite having been a year under age last season, Cook has already been capped three times at Under-19 level.

The game on Tuesday is England’s first in their qualification campaign for Germany next summer. They face Finland and Italy, the other members of Group 4, on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

Jordan Botaka has also joined the DR Congo squad for their friendly fixtures in Belgium but the winger is not officially on duty and is not set to play.

Congo play Nigeria this evening for a 7pm kick-off and then take on Gabon on Monday,

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