BBC Sport - World Cup 2018: San Marino game key for NI - O'Neill

San Marino match key for NI - O'Neill

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill says beating group minnows San Marino next month is vital to hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

NI host San Marino in Belfast on 8 October before an away qualifier against world champions Germany three days later.

O'Neill also discussed the absence of striker Will Grigg and midfielder Chris Brunt from the Northern Ireland squad.