Published Monday, 19 August 2013
When the two teams met earlier in the campaign, Michael O'Neill's side were largely written off by the Russia manager Fabio Capello, a man who can count the England job, AC Milan and Real Madrid on his CV.
That in itself would have been enough for O'Neill's team-talk this time around. And as the fans, and the assembled world media left Windsor jubilant on Wednesday night, UTV caught up with a man, so often synonomous with Northern Ireland and glory - David Healy.
After a spell last season with Bury, David is still searching for a new club to ply his trade with this term.
Healy turned 34 this month, but is still hungry for success - with club and country.
"Everybody knows what it meant to me to be playing for Northern Ireland," he told us.
"I've got to wait for the right opportunity and when it comes along I'd love to get back in the squad here."
Healy has scored 36 goals in 95 Northern Ireland games, agonisingly close to his century of caps, but statistics that bear out he is a natural target man.
A match-fit Healy, on form, is still someone O'Neill cannot ignore.
This is the man after all who has delivered performances in a green shirt that have captured world attention, the goal to beat England, the never-to-be-forgotten hat-trick that beat Spain.
That is the Healy that can be deadly.
Talent that was deemed special enough by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson to bring him to Manchester United when he was in his promising youth, and a Healy who became a Premier League mainstay with Fulham and Sunderland.
Judging from that chat with him on Wednesday evening, the hunger is still there - the ability to net goals has never gone.
"The lads worked their socks off, there's been a big result like that coming", he continued in our chat with him.
"It's a real credit to Michael for the way he's gone about the game."
And as the transfer window closure approaches at the end of the month, there will undoubtedly be managers up and down the country feeling they need more firepower, someone who can make the difference in the tightest of games.
It may, for them, still be worth rooting out David's number.
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