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Millwall duo Forde and Ferguson enjoy memorable nights on international duty

9 October 2015

Lions players see nations enjoy historic victories

Millwall duo David Forde and Shane Ferguson were both unused substitutes as their respective nations earned historic victories on Thursday night.

Forde's Republic of Ireland secured one of the most famous wins in their history, beating World Champions Germany in Dublin thanks to Shane Long's second-half goal. That victory sets Forde and his international team-mates up for a winner-takes-all qualifier away to Poland on Sunday, though a draw of 2-2 or higher would also be enough for Martin O'Neill's side as they would have scored more away goals in meetings between the two sides this campaign.

There will be no such drama for Lions loanee Ferguson and his Northern Ireland colleagues after they beat Greece 3-1 to book their place at Euro 2016 - their first major tournament since 1986. Southampton midfielder Steven Davis scored either side of a 49th-minute strike from Josh Magennis to comfortably secure their place at next summer's showpiece in France.

And while Ferguson didn't come off the bench on a historic night in Belfast, he will hope to work his way back in contention for a regular starting berth as the tournament approaches - starting this Sunday when Northern Ireland travel to Finland.

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