Givan salutes Northern Ireland team’s performance

Date published: 21 June 2016

Sports Minister Paul Givan has praised the Northern Ireland football team for putting in such a good performance against the world champions, Germany, in this evening’s European Championship final group game.

Minister Givan

Speaking from Paris after the game, the Minister said:  “Despite the result the team can be justly proud of the display they put in against the World Champions.  Germany have without doubt one of the strongest most experienced squads in the tournament, yet Northern Ireland gave them a very tough game.  Particular praise must go to Michael McGovern who had one of the best goalkeeping performances of the tournament so far.”

The Minister added:  “Again the Green and White Army cheered the team on from the first to the last minute – they have been fantastic ambassadors for our country.  I hope now that the team and our fans, both at home and in France, will be rewarded with a place in the last 16 of the tournament as one of the best 3rd place finishers.”

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