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Johnny Evans: We need to win our next three games

Northern Ireland v Estonia - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier
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Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans believes they need to win the next three games if they want to qualify for the final tournament.

Johnny Evans and the Northern Ireland national team started the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers with a 2-0 victory over Estonia.

However, the defender thinks they need to have a perfect record from the first four games, so they could fight Germany and the Netherlands for a place in the final tournament.

“I think we talked about it before how important it was (to beat Estonia),” Evans told Sky Sports. “Especially the way our fixtures have been set out.

“At the end of the campaign, we have really tough fixtures against the Netherlands and Germany so it’s great that we did that and we want to keep that going.

“We have three games coming up now – the one on Sunday and two more in June that we really want to make sure that we are getting maximum points.

“We’re determined to give ourselves the best chance. You never know come September, October, November. We must put ourselves in a good position with everything to play for.”

At club level, Evans is currently playing under the former Liverpool manager – Brendan Rodgers. His new manager praised the defender earlier this month, saying Evans could still be playing at Manchester United if he had not struggled with injuries in his career

“It’s nice of him to say that,” Evans added. “Really nice words to hear from a manager. He values my role in the team and hopefully, I can keep showing him that for the rest of the season and beyond.

“He’s settling in really well. The last two games we’ve had two wins. To come out with the result the way we did against Burnley shows the spirit within the team.

“I think he’ll be able to harness that spirit within our team even more, and you will be able to see even more performances like that.”