Gareth McAuley gives NI boss Michael O'Neill a boost

Gareth McAuley's decision to keep playing for Northern Ireland after considering retirement is a boost for manager Michael O'Neill ahead of the friendly against Cyprus.

The West Brom defender pondered his future at the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign but will now stay on for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

O'Neill and NI captain Steven Davis were delighted that one of the squad's most experienced players was staying.

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