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Northern Ireland
Nickname(s) Green and White Army,
Norn Iron
Association Irish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Michael O'Neill
Captain Steven Davis
Most caps Pat Jennings (119)
Top scorer David Healy (36)
Home stadium Windsor Park
FIFA code NIR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 36 Decrease 1 (7 February 2019)
Highest 20 (September 2017)
Lowest 129 (September 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 52 Decrease 5 (3 March 2019)
Highest 5 or 14 (1882 or May 1986)
Lowest 114 (11 October 2013)
First international
As Ireland:
 Ireland 0–13 England 
(Belfast; 18 February 1882)
As Northern Ireland:
[[File:{{{flag alias-1921}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Northern Ireland 0–2 Scotland 
(Belfast; 26 February 1921)
Biggest win
[[File:{{{flag alias-1930}}}|22x20px|border |alt=|link=]] Northern Ireland 7–0 Wales 
(Belfast; 1 February 1930)
Biggest defeat
 Ireland 0–13 England 
(Belfast; 18 February 1882)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1958)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1958
European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2016)
Best result Round of 16, 2016

Northern Ireland national football team is the national football team of Northern Ireland.

Most appearances

Pos Player Apps Goals Career
1 Pat Jennings 119 0 1964–1986
2 Mal Donaghy 91 0 1980–1994
3 Sammy McIlroy 88 5 1972–1987
4 Keith Gillespie 83 2 1995–2008
5 Jimmy Nicholl 73 1 1976–1986
6 Michael Hughes 71 5 1992–2004
6 Maik Taylor 71 0 1999–2011
8 David McCreery 67 0 1976–1990
9 David Healy 66 35 2000–2013
9 Nigel Worthington 66 0 1984–1997

Top scorers

Pos Player Goals Apps Career
1 David Healy 35 66 2000–2013
2 Colin Clarke 13 38 1986–1993
2 Billy Gillespie 13 25 1913–1932
4 Gerry Armstrong 12 63 1977–1986
4 Iain Dowie 12 59 1990–2000
4 Jimmy Quinn 12 46 1985–1996
4 Joe Bambrick 12 11 1928–1940
8 Billy Bingham 10 56 1951–1964
8 Jimmy McIlroy 10 55 1952–1966
8 Peter McParland 10 34 1954–1962
8 Johnny Crossan 10 24 1960–1968


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