So there is still a strong possibility that the Emerald Isle will be fully represented at the European Championship next summer, after Northern Ireland drew with Hungary to stay top of their group and the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia to stay in third position and 4 points clear of their nearest rivals Scotland.
Both countries have a very good chance of automatically qualifying for the Euros next summer with Northern Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Hungary meaning that they stayed top of their group and 4 points clear of Hungary. While the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 1-0 thanks to a lovely bit of skill by Jeff Hendrick and a goal from Jonathan Walters to be only 2 points behind Poland and still in with a chance of not needing a play off to reach next summer’s tournament.
Northern Ireland would become the second lowest populated country to ever reach the European Championship, that of course is after Iceland confirmed qualification to the Euros and have become the smallest country ever to do so. The other countries who have confirmed their qualification for next years tournament are France who of course are hosts, England, Austria and the Czech Republic.