AT the start of the EURO 2016 qualifying series Stuart Dallas had not even played a competitive game for Northern Ireland but just over a year later he had become a regular starter in the National team under Michael O’Neill.
The Cookstown-born midfielder actually made his debut for Northern Ireland whilst still playing in the Irish League with Crusaders when Nigel Worthington capped him against Wales in the ill-fated Carling Nations Cup in May 2011.
Impressive performances for Stephen Baxter’s outfit secured a move ‘across the water’ to Brentford in the summer of 2012. The former Coagh United player only made 11 first team appearances in his inaugural term at Griffin Park, but after returning from a relatively successful two month-loan spell at Northampton Town the following season he began to establish himself under new boss Mark Warburton.
Nearly four years after making his International debut Dallas was recalled to the Northern Ireland team by Michael O’Neill for the qualifying encounter with Finland at Windsor Park winning his second cap as a 64th minute substitute.
His first International goal arrived two months later in the 1-1 draw with Qatar at Crewe making him the first Brentford player to score for Northern Ireland in 63 years.
In August 2015 he was signed by Leeds United for a fee in excess of £1 million and quickly established himself as a firm favourite with the Elland Road crowd.
He eventually played in six of the ten EURO 2016 qualifiers and his excellent first campaign with Leeds United earned him the Players’ Player of the Year award for 2015/16 season.
|Position||Right Wing / Left Wing|
|DOB||19th April 1991|
|Height||6'0 / 1.83m|
|Weight||12.10 / 81kg|
|Debut||27th May 2011 v Wales (n) (lost 0-2)|
Senior International Stats
FIFA World Cup Qualifying Stats