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Kyle Lafferty has thanked Northern Ireland boss Michael ONeill for keeping his faith in the striker during the toughest time in his career. Lafferty has barely had a scrap of first-team football at Norwich since Alex Neil took charge in 2015, and tried to escape the club in two transfer windows to no avail.Lafferty came off the bench to score twice and setup another as Northern Ireland beat San Marino 4-0 on Saturday and he insists he had no problem starting on the bench considering he has made just one appearance at domestic level so far this term. He said: It probably is the toughest time of my career. Im always going to be disappointed with not starting but I have to respect my team-mates and the decision of the manager. Highlights of Northern Irelands 4-0 win over San Marino from World Cup qualifying Group C. If he says Im not fit enough and sees Im going to be better for the team playing 30 minutes then I have to respect that. I know my international record compared to club football is completely different and thats probably down to the fact that, in club football, I dont really have a manager who has a lot of faith in me like Michael has, and Im repaying Michael by getting goals and getting three points. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ?£6.99. No contract. I respect Michael and every decision he makes, whether it disappoints me or not, because we have a good relationship. He has made me the focal point of the team and put a lot of trust in me. When you are a player and have someone like that behind you it gives you a confidence boost and someone to go out and please.Its always good but, as Ive said before, its not all about me. There are players playing club football and, if I was in their shoes, Id be asking questions why I wasnt starting.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! 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But Neville believes the modifications in the squad, which began at the end of a disappointing World Cup campaign in 2014, have gone under the radar.Having lost to Italy and Uruguay, Hodgson played teenagers Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling, against Costa Rica, while Phil Jones, Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley were all 22-years-old or younger.Of the experienced players in the squad only 36-year-old Frank Lampard played in the last game before the squad returned from Brazil, with the travelling England supporters showing their appreciation after the scoreless draw. Dele Alli (R) battles for the ball in a recent friendly The changes had started in Miami before the World Cup with Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Jon Flanagan and John Stones involved, while Dele Alli and Eric Dier have been involved in the European Qualifiers.We owe those fans something, said Neville.The way in which they treated us at the end of that game against Costa Rica, when we walked over to them, Ive never seen that before. Andy Burton reports from Englands hotel after Roy Hodgson holds his first press conference since naming his final 23-man squad I hope people recognise there was an 18-year-old on the pitch against Costa Rica in Luke Shaw, there was Ross Barkley, Phil Jones, all youngish lads apart from Frank.Jack Wilshere was 22, and the 19-year-old Raheem Sterling came on.Yes, people would argue that the 2014 tournament in Brazil was a major disappointment. Id agree with that, but this summer is a big moment in terms of how the four years will be viewed in terms of the four-year contract we were all given. Raheem Sterling in action against Costa Rica in 20114 People will judge it based upon tournaments.dddddddddddd I think Roy can be proud of an excellent piece of work.It needs a good finish in the summer. My view would be that he would go on beyond the summer because at this moment in time hes doing the right things and making the right decisions, not just for himself, but for the team long-term.I think of 2010 in South Africa and old players called back out of retirement and panic calls on the last day to players to come and play.Roy went the other way. He went with Barkley, Sterling, Welbeck, Jones and Smalling. Flanagan and Stones were brought in pre-tournament. Ross Barkley (L) celebrates with Wayne Rooney and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain Post-tournament, Alli and Dier were brought in among others. Hes made a series of really good decisions for the English team but also for future tournaments for the next two to four years and hopefully he, we, can see that through.Roys brought calmness. Players respect him. They say: Yes, I like him. Theres nobody looking at Roy and thinking: Hes a bad man, hes arrogant. Actually they say: Ive got a lot of time for him. England manager Roy Hodgson says omitting three players from his squad was yesterday was very difficult Hodgsons squad for Euro 2016 is the youngest England have ever taken to the competition with an average age of a little over 25.And in an interview for the book, Fifty Years Of Hurt: The Story of England Football And Why We Should Never Stop Believing, Neville insists the perception of Hodgson as a conservative manager is misleading.What Roys been over the last four years is bold. Hes taken the average age down from 28/29 to 23/24 from Euro 2012 to Euro 2016. 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