Lomas, who has 23 caps, may only be 23, but Hamilton feels he has great leadership qualities. It is a view shared by the Hammers' manager, Harry Redknapp, who made Lomas his captain earlier this season. "He's young, and could be captain for a long time," he said.
Portugal need to win in Benfica's Stadium of Light and hope Ukraine drop points in Armenia to claim second place in Group Nine and a play-off spot. Northern Ireland have drawn their last two matches against the Portuguese, including a fine 1-1 draw in Porto two years ago. "They have got to go for it, so hopefully they will leave some gaps at the back," Lomas said.Reuse content