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Daniel Ballard to captain North as Jonny Evans misses Andorra tie

Jonny Evans will play no part in Northern Ireland's friendly against Andorra on Tuesday night with Daniel Ballard set to take the captain’s armband in Murcia.

Evans, who has dealt with a number of injury niggles throughout the season at Manchester United, played the full 90 minutes of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Spain in Palma and Michael O’Neill has opted to allow the 36-year-old to rest. Evans did not travel with the rest of the team on Sunday.

Ballard, who scored Northern Ireland’s goal against Spain when they took a shock early 1-0 lead, will now get the honour of captaining the team for the first time at the Estadio Nueva Condomina in Murcia.

Saturday may have been a humbling night but O’Neill said he wanted his side to play with confidence in an encounter where it should be their turn to dominate.

"This game is different because we know there is an expectation there obviously," he said. "We have to go in and play with confidence. We have to play quickly. We don’t want the game to be slow and pedestrian.

"We can make it a frustrating night for ourselves but it’s important that we don’t do that."

There was no surprise that Conor Bradley was Northern Ireland’s most lively attacking threat against Spain, and the Liverpool youngster said he was looking forward to a night when he should not need to spend so much time on the back foot.

"I’m really looking forward to it," Bradley said. "It should be a good game. Obviously it was disappointing against Spain, they were very clinical. We’ve watched the game back and I don’t think we did as bad as what the result showed.

"We’re looking forward to the game now and hopefully we can put on a good performance.

"I much prefer going forwards than having to go backwards so I’m really looking