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Last Updated: Friday, 1 September 2006, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
1m incentive for N Ireland squad
EURO 2008 QUALIFIER
Aaron Hughes leads Northern Ireland against Iceland
Group F: Northern Ireland v Iceland
Date: 2 Sept, 1500 BST
Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast
Coverage: Live on BBC 2 NI and Radio Ulster, updates on BBC Radio Five Live & the BBC Sport website
The Northern Ireland squad and staff will pocket a bonus of more than 1million if they qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.

The incentive was announced by IFA president Jim Boyce on Thursday, two days before Lawrie Sanchez's men begin their campaign at home to Iceland.

Northern Ireland have not qualified for a major finals since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when Billy Bingham was boss.

Meanwhile, NI striker James Quinn will be available for the Iceland opener.

Quinn came through Northampton's League One game against Bristol City on Tuesday unscathed and he took part in Northern Ireland training on Wednesday.

West Ham goalkeeper Roy Carroll linked up with Lawrie Sanchez's squad on Thursday morning.

Carroll had been delayed from joining the squad because of a family illness.

Boyce told the BBC that as far as he was aware, this was the first time that such a financial incentive had been offered to Northern Ireland players.

"We are hoping to build on the feelgood factor among players and supporters and I feel we have a genuine chance of reaching the finals.

"Things come in cycles and there is a good blend of youth and experience in the squad.

"The players are delighted with the way they have been treated by the IFA and we have chartered flights for some of the away matches too," said the association president.



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