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Jamie Ward, Stuart Dallas withdraw from Northern Ireland squad

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Jamie Ward is sidelined after breaking his wrist last weekend.

Wide men Jamie Ward and Stuart Dallas have withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad to face Azerbaijan in the World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Ward, currently on loan at Burton, broke his wrist against Barnsley at the weekend and is expected to be out for several weeks while Dallas will return to Leeds to continue his recovery from a calf problem.

The 25-year-old has been absent since suffering the injury against San Marino in early October, and his lack of game time at Elland Road made his withdrawal...

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Saturday's 1-0 loss to Wales in Paris ensured their maiden Euros adventure ended at the round-of-16 phase, but they were still afforded a homecoming welcome in front of thousands in Belfast on Monday night from a nation proud of their efforts in France.

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SAINT-GEORGES DE RENEINS, France - When Jamie Ward walks out at Parc des Princes to face Germany on Tuesday he will kiss his shinpads. On each of them is a picture of his fiancee, Jade, with his five-year-old son, Hudson.

He will attempt to do what he and Northern Ireland do best -- going toe to toe with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller, and grinding them down through sheer force of will.

Such an approach is at odds with the relaxed surroundings of Northern Ireland's training camp at Saint-Georges...

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Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward: Germany should fear our work rate

Jamie Ward has warned Germany's star midfielders that time on the ball will not be a luxury they are afforded by the industrious Northern Ireland.

Michael O'Neill's men head for Paris on Monday morning ahead of a clash against the world champions the following day, with a round-of-16 berth at Euro 2016 still a possibility for both nations.

A shock Northern Ireland victory may not be required for them to advance, though three points would guarantee their progress on an evening when they are anticipating...