McCullough lands in France with Northern Ireland

Portadown-born Luke McCullough offered a warm welcome by the Mayor and dignitaries off the plane at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport as Northern Ireland arrive for EURO 2016. Pic by Presseye Ltd.
Portadown-born Luke McCullough offered a warm welcome by the Mayor and dignitaries off the plane at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport as Northern Ireland arrive for EURO 2016. Pic by Presseye Ltd.

Portadown-born Luke McCullough landed in Lyon on Sunday to help kick off Northern Ireland’s EURO 2016 adventure.

The Doncaster Rovers defender was an unused substitute last weekend in Northern Ireland’s scoreless draw with Slovakia, the final warm-up game before the European Championships.

The 0-0 draw left Northern Ireland with, at 12 games, the longest unbeaten record of any side entering EURO 2016 - thanks to 271 minutes without conceding a goal and four consecutive clean sheets.

McCullough has become the first player from Portadown to represent Northern Ireland at a major tournament finals.

Northern Ireland kick off the competition on Sunday against Poland, with other group games with Ukraine and Germany.

Hundreds of fans from this area - including McCullough’s family and friends - will join up with the Green And White Army in France over the next week to cheer on Northern Ireland across a first appearance at the European Championships.