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The Hull City and Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans has said that the national team should produce a heroic performance against Russia if they are to start the World Cup qualifying campaign well.

Northern Ireland are definitely not one of the favourites to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The qualification round for this major competition has recently begun for the European nations. Northern Ireland are in the same group containing the likes of Russia, who are one of the favourites to qualify from the group without any troubles. The Russian national team currently has the former England manager Fabio Capello leading the charge.

Corry Evans has said that he is under no illusions that the match against Russia will be the toughest in the group. Hence, if they are to get anything from the opening match against the Russians, the players who need to put in a heroic performance. He has said that Russia will be having a lot of possession of the ball, while they will also be attacking with great incisiveness. In such a scenario, it is important for Ireland to get off to a good start, which will provide them confidence throughout the match.

“We’ll go into the game as massive underdogs and that is fine by us. We know it will take a heroic performance and that the Russians are going to have a lot of possession, move the ball quickly and have a huge home crowd behind them. But it’s up to us to break down their play and take our chances when they arrive. It’s very important we get off the mark and I see no reason why we can’t come away with something from Moscow,” said Corry Evans ahead of the World Cup qualifying match with Russia following which they will face Luxembourg.