Niall McGinn believes the decision to blood in more youngsters would help Northern Ireland in the long run.

The Aberdeen winger backed head coach Michael O’Neill who used the UEFA Nations League as an opportunity to bring in younger players into the national team setup.

“Yes, there are lots of positives,” he said, according to NewsLetter.

“The size of the squad is massive and there is competition for places, which is great with the youth coming in and the experience we have here shows you how strong this squad is.”

“That can only benefit us when the Euro campaign comes around.

Michael O’Neill, Northern Ireland, EURO 2020

O’Neill wants Northern Ireland to forget Thursday’s collapse

Northern Ireland had a 1-0 advantage against the Netherlands on Thursday night but ended up losing 3-1 against the Dutch.

“This campaign will stand us in good stead and the performances have been good but we have to build on those performances.”

“But more than that, we have to get back to winning ways when the Euro campaign comes around.”

Meanwhile, McGinn revealed he is looking forward to the draw for the 2020 European Championships – which take place on December 2 in Dublin.

“We have played against all the big teams but getting the likes of England here to Windsor Park would be unbelievable, to play against players you see on the television in the Premier League all the time,” he added.

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