Ian Baraclough has urged his Northern Ireland players to go out and create history in Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final against Slovakia.

Northern Ireland have the chance to build on the achievement of five years ago when they reached Euro 2016 to end a 30-year wait for a trip to a major championships.

"It's something I try to remind players of," Baraclough said. "We want to create something. Whether I've been at club level, with the under-21s or now with the seniors, you want to create history and you do that by winning certain games.

"It's for other people to judge but we know that getting to the Euros would be an unbelievable achievement for this group of players."

Captain Steven Davis scored twice on that famous night when Northern Ireland beat Greece 3-1 to book their ticket to Euro 2016, and the Rangers midfielder now wants to write another famous chapter.

"It was a memorable night for all of us involved, a special night," he said. "It's very hard to compare success, ultimately the most important one is the one at the time.

"Maybe when you finish you can look back on it. We know how special it was, the ones who were involved, and the ones who weren't involved want to experience it for themselves." 

Northern Ireland are without the injured Corry Evans and Trevor Carson for the game but Baraclough said there were no other issues within the squad - giving Jonny Evans a clean bill of health following his own recent injury set-backs.

Kyle Lafferty suffered the loss of his sister last week while George Saville arrived in Belfast late after a family emergency which kept him out of Middlesbrough's goalless draw at Brentford at the weekend, but Baraclough said both players were available.

"Once they come into camp they're amongst friends, amongst mates," he said. "They love joining up as a group and if anyone has got a problem or got a personal issue, they know there are people they can turn to and it's been great in that respect for the lads coming in."