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Wednesday 11 May 2022
Northern Ireland warm up for Nations League with four-day training camp

Northern Ireland players will be taking part in a four-day training camp next week ahead of four UEFA Nations League fixtures in June.

Ian Baraclough’s squad are set to be put through their paces at St George’s Park (below), the FA’s national training centre in Staffordshire, from Monday until Thursday.

The Northern Ireland manager said the camp in England will provide an opportunity to assess the fitness levels of regular squad members and to bring players from both the U21s and U19s into the senior set-up to see how it operates.

“It will enable the younger players to showcase what they’re all about and increase their experience of international football with the senior team coaches and players,” he explained.

Northern Ireland are the top seeds in Group 2 in League C of the 2022-23 Nations League competition, while Greece are the second seeds.

And Northern Ireland will begin their third Nations League campaign with a game against the Greeks at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Thursday 2 June (7.45pm).

Baraclough’s team will then play fourth seeds Cyprus away on Sunday 5 June at the AEK Arena in Larnaca (5pm start UK time) followed by another away fixture against third seeds Kosovo on Thursday 9 June (7.45pm UK time). That game is being played at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri in Pristina.

Their fourth and final fixture in June is a home match against Cyprus on Sunday the 12th (2pm start).

The last two games in Nations League C2 for Northern Ireland, who were relegated from League B last time around, will take place in late September.

Their matchday five opponents are Kosovo and the game at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is scheduled for Saturday 24 September (5pm).

And their sixth and final game in the group stage will be away to Greece on Tuesday 27 September (7.45pm start UK time). A venue is still to be confirmed.

The four group winners in League A will advance to knockout finals in June 2023, while the group winners in the other three leagues (B to D) will all be promoted for the 2024-25 competition.