Northern Ireland play Serbia in World Cup Qualifier

By Fearghus Roulston

Northern Ireland will take on Serbia behind closed doors after violent troubles following the Serb’s October game against Italy.

This hasn’t deterred fans from travelling however, with hundreds expected to make the trip. 200 Northern Irish supporters have been given special dispensation from UEFA to attend the game.

The British minnows have enjoyed mixed fortunes in their qualifying campaign so far, beating Slovenia but drawing with Italy and the Faroe Islands.

Manager Nigel Worthington has made changes in the squad following a dismal performance in a 3-0 loss to Scotland.

Chris Baird will captain the side from an unfamiliar central midfield role, with Chris Brunt in an advanced midfield role behind lone striker Kyle Lafferty.

The manager admired Serbia’s technique, saying: ” “We have got to look to get a good start right from kick-off, go and get stuck into them like we have done to teams in the past when we have got results against quality teams”.

The game kicks off at 19.30.