Northern Ireland

Euro 2016: Northern Ireland team jet off to Austria ahead of Euros

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The Northern Ireland football team have said "au revoir" to Belfast ahead of the European Championship finals.

They will take on Poland in their opening game in Nice on Sunday 12 June.

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Image caption Northern Ireland will play Slovakia in a final friendly on Saturday

On Monday, the squad checked in to Belfast City Airport, but there are two more stops before they arrive in France on Sunday.

First they head to Austria for more training ahead of the games and then to Bratislava for a final friendly against Slovakia on Saturday.

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Image caption Michael O'Neill said the team were excited but focussed

It's the first time in 30 years that the team have qualified for a major finals and the first time they've qualified for the Euros.

Manager Michael O'Neill said the team enjoyed a meal together on Sunday night before boarding the flight on Monday morning.

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Image caption It's the first time the squad has qualified for the Euro finals

"It's exciting times for all of the players, but the focus is there too.

"They're excited about what lies ahead", he said.