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Monday 15 Nov 2021
Digital programme for Northern Ireland-Italy now available

The Irish Football Association has produced a digital version of the matchday programme for tonight’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier between Northern Ireland and European champions Italy.

In the e-publication manager Ian Baraclough provides his thoughts as his side prepare to take on the Italians, currently ranked as the fourth best international team in the world, in European Qualifying Group C.

The digital programme also contains interviews with experienced Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart and Charlton Athletic striker Conor Washington ahead of the clash at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

In the programme, Craig says: “Italy are one of the top nations so it’s going to be really tough, but Windsor Park has seen some massive results in the past and we want to try and take that big scalp.

“The top nations have found it difficult here in the past and these are the games you want to play in, against the best nations in front of our own supporters. We’re playing the European champions so it’s going to be a big occasion for the players and everyone at the game.”

There’s also a special feature in the programme on Middlesbrough defender/midfielder Paddy McNair marking his 50th cap for Northern Ireland, which he won against Switzerland last month. Paddy is a doubt for tonight’s match unfortunately after picking up a hamstring injury in the game against Lithuania on Friday night.

The digital programme further includes an in-depth look at the opposition plus much, much more. It is available by clicking here

The print version of the programme will be on sale at the game, priced at £4.