Leeds United: Dallas delight at Euro chance

Stuart Dallas.
Stuart Dallas.
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Stuart Dallas said he was returning to Leeds United on the crest of a wave after helping Northern Ireland to within touching distance of qualification for next year’s European Championship.

The United winger will rejoin the Elland Road club for training tomorrow after a last-gasp equaliser against Hungary on Monday kept Northern Ireland firmly on course for the finals of Euro 2016.

Dallas completed 90 minutes of a 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands on Friday evening and was used for 84 minutes by coach Michael O’Neill as an injury-time strike from Norwich’s Kyle Lafferty snatched a 1-1 draw against Hungary and maintained Northern Ireland’s position at the top of Group F.

A win in either of the province’s last two matches will guarantee their qualification for the finals in France, and Dallas – United’s £1.3m summer signing from Brentford – is closing in on a first appearance at a major international tournament having established himself as a central part of O’Neill’s plans.

The 24-year-old emerged unscathed from Monday night’s dramatic game and is in line to face former club Brentford at Elland Road this weekend as Leeds bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the Championship season.

Dallas said: “It’s massive. If you’d said before the Faroes game that we’d have four points from the two games then we’d have taken that.

“We’re still in a strong position and we’re still top of the group. We’ll go back to our clubs now and come back in October to get that result to get us over the line.”