EURO 2016: Shane Ferguson believes Northern Ireland team spirit can be key to success

Millwall's Shane Ferguson is enjoying life at The Den.
Millwall's Shane Ferguson is enjoying life at The Den.

Winger Shane Ferguson feels the team-spirit in the Northern Ireland dressing room, will play its part in next summer’s European Championship.

It has always been said that Michael O’Neill’s side’s spirit is something similar to a club side and Ferguson would not disagree.

“You see the togetherness since Michael has come in, is great,” he said.

“The way we were playing whenever Michael came in, we probably weren’t getting the results but we were playing good football, we just weren’t getting that little bit of luck.

“Now we are getting the results as well and hopefully we can take that into the summer.”

Despite being involved in virtually every squad Michael O’Neill has selected the 24-year-old isn’t taking anything for granted and will be making sure he keeps his head down and continues to work hard to make sure that he stays in the squad.

Ferguson also admits that ‘if selected’ quite a few of his family and friends will also be making the trip to France next June.

“I have a lot of people making their bookings to France, a lot of family and friends are definitely going, depending on what the squad is going to be, I don’t want to get complacent,” he added.

“I was injured a lot last year but thankfully now I’m back playing, I’m playing week in week out and I’m enjoying my football at Millwall.

“I’ll just keep working hard as I always do and we’ll see what happens then.”

The Tamnaherin man, who is close friends with Institute goalkeeper Martin Gallagher and has watched the Drumahoe men on a few occasions this season, knows that the Green and White Army will be out in force in Nice, Lyon and Paris.

“It’s the same anywhere we go, whenever we are playing away from home they are always there in their numbers, it helps the team so much and we appreciate all the support we get so much.

“I’m sure it will be very lively whenever it comes to the summer time.”