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Date for Northern Ireland Euro 2012 fixtures meeting

NI manager Nigel Worthington
Nigel Worthington is ready for tough negotiations in Belgrade

Northern Ireland's schedule of fixtures in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign will be finalised at a meeting in Belgrade on 8 March.

Nigel Worthington's side are in Group C along with world champions Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Estonia and the Brian Kerr managed Faroe Islands.

"I'm going to work out a format that I think would suit us before we go to the meeting," said Worthington.

"You've got to be on your toes during the negotiations and remain strong."

He added: "Obviously I'll be keeping my cards close to my chest as I don't want to give anything away before the meeting.

"I really enjoyed the last fixture meeting - it was the first time I'd been involved and it was a fantastic experience.

"I will have a clear idea in my mind of what I would like when I go there but so will the five other managers in the group."

Worthington admitted that it is a tough group but said he was pleased with the draw.

Northern Ireland's preparations for the qualifiers begin with a friendly against Albania in Tirana on 3 March.

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