Tomorrow night Shane Ferguson was meant to be lining up for Northern Ireland in their EURO 2020 play-off semi-final against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica.
After finishing 3rd in qualifying in Group C behind Germany and the Netherlands, the Green and White Army earned themselves a play-off place as they look to book their place at the European Championships for the second time in succession.
However, following on from the Coronavirus pandemic, this summer’s tournament was postponed until 2021, and therefore, Ireland’s meeting against the Bosnian’s has also been delayed and is now scheduled to be played on 4 June.
If Ferguson’s men progress, they’ll face a one-off game against either Slovakia or Republic of Ireland five days later, with the winner securing their place at EURO 2021.
Despite the uncertainty of when the game might actually take place, the Millwall midfielder is remaining optimistic and said that the squad will be ready for whenever they’re called upon.
The 28-year-old told Millwall’s official website: “It’s a good thing that [EURO 2020] has been put back to try and get things over the line domestically. We’ve got a massive game coming up [in Bosnia] and I’m trying to remain as fit as possible for that and Millwall’s upcoming games.
“Everyone understands the situation, there’s nothing you can do about it. The squad have all spoken and we’re just waiting to see when we can get that game fit into our schedule. Whenever it comes, we’ll be ready for it.
“It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment, there’s a lot of uncertainty. But, we have to listen to the advice we have been given, stay at home as much as possible and hopefully it’ll pass.”
In terms of the current domestic season, Ferguson hopes that the campaign is completed and admitted that nor him or any of his Millwall teammates want to be playing games in front of empty stadiums.
“Yes, 100% [it should resume]. I can’t see any other way. With the amount of work everyone has put in this season, it’ll be devastating for it just to finish now. Everyone wants to see it through to the end and make it as fair as possible for everyone.
“I really hope matches aren’t played behind closed doors, the fans are a massive part of games and it would be a shame if they couldn’t come. There’s a lot of stuff being said at the moment, but myself and the rest of the lads don’t want things behind closed doors.”
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