MCAU­LEY WANTS TO CAP FABIO’S RUS­SIA

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GARETH McAU­LEY is out to wreck Fabio Capello’s World Cup dream.

North­ern Ire­land host Rus­sia in a qual­i­fy­ing game that’s been r esched­uled af­ter be­ing snowed of­fin March.

The win­less Ir­ish have all but given up hope of mak­ing next year’s fi­nals in Brazil – but McAu­ley in­sists that won’t stop Michael O’Neill’s men try­ing to de­rail Rus­sia’s bid for top spot in the group.

Capello’s side eas­ily won the re­verse fix­ture 2-0, and vic­tory tonight will put them back on top.

But with Palermo striker Kyle Laf­ferty back fr om sus­pen­sion, West Brom defender McAu­ley

is con­fi­dent of spring­ing a sur­prise. He said: “To me this game’s winnable.

“We had a few chances against them in Moscow and hope­fully we’ve learned from that for this game. “They have creative play­ers but it’s up to us to deal with that and hurt them at the other end. “They’ll pr ess us high and that will give us a chance to do a lot of dam­age in be­hind.”

Rus­sia trail Por tu­gal by two points, but have two games in hand. Capello said: “We know the im­por­tance of this game and I couldn’t be hap­pier with the way the play­ers have appr oached what will be a tough match.”

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