Quinn feels home form bodes well

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James Quinn, the Northern Ireland striker, believes Windsor Park could be the launching pad for a successful World Cup qualifying campaign for his side.

With England and Wales as well as Poland, Austria and Azerbaijan due to visit, the team are making progress under Lawrie Sanchez and secured a home draw against Serbia & Montenegro on Wednesday.

Under Sanchez, Northern Ireland have won one, drawn one and lost one. They have also scored in three successive games after going 1,298 minutes without a goal. Quinn, who scored on Wednesday, said: "I think that by the time the World Cup qualifiers come around we could spring a surprise on England or Wales," he said. "They and the rest of the teams in our group certainly won't fancy coming to Windsor Park. The atmosphere is fantastic."

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