Hughes admits finals dream
Aaron Hughes admits he would love to lead his country out at the European Championships in 2012.
Last Updated: 06/09/10 10:43am
Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes admits he would love to lead his country out at the European Championships in 2012.
Nigel Worthington's side got their qualifying campaign off to a fantastic start on Friday night after a 1-0 win in Slovenia, and next up is a home tie against Italy on 11th October.
In a group also containing Serbia, Estonia and the Faroe Islands it will be a tall order to qualify for the tournament in Ukraine and Poland, but Fulham defender Hughes has high hopes.
"We know our strengths, we also know our weaknesses, we know what works for us," he said.
"If we stick to that, hopefully we can have a successful campaign and take that extra step to actually get to a finals. How good would that be?
"It's a tough group, but that doesn't lower expectations. We are setting out to qualify, no matter how difficult that might be.
"Whatever anyone else thinks outside the camp is really irrelevant to what we want to do. If we approach every game properly and do things right, we will give ourselves as good a chance as ever."
Hughes added: "We've got lads who have been about for a couple of campaigns and they are still young players.
"Add that experience to the enthusiasm and promise of the young lads coming through, the likes of Johnny Gorman, Corry Evans and Craig Cathcart, you have that nice mix.
"Everyone has had a good taste of competitive football in terms of qualifying groups, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage."