Joan Edmundsson bursts between Chris Baird and former Magpie Aaron Hughes

By Dan King

The Faroe Islands' hopes of qualifying for the 2012 European Championships are slim, but Newcastle's Joan Edmundsson knows that two home games in the space of five days could make or break their chances of heading to Poland and the Ukraine next summer.

Edmundsson has linked up with his country ahead of their crucial games with Slovenia on Friday and Estonia on Tuesday, and nothing less than six points will do if they're to have any chance of playing in Euro 2012.

Brian Kerr's team are bottom of Group C but drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in their last qualifier, back in October - and could have claimed all three points but for Kyle Lafferty's late leveller.

That game was played at the Svangaskard Stadion in Toftir, and the clashes with Slovenia and Estonia will also be hosted at the 6,000 capacity venue.

And, speaking to nufc.co.uk from the Faroe Islands, 19-year-old Edmundsson said: "I'm really looking forward to the two games.

"We always expect to get a good result at home."

Edmundsson - who joined United from B68 Toftir last year - scored the very first goal of Euro 2012 qualfying when he struck after 28 minutes against Estonia last August, but his side went on to lose 2-1 in Tallinn with both goals scored in stoppage time.

Italy top Group C with 13 points from five games. Faroe Islands have one point so far but have played a game fewer than Slovenia and Serbia in second and third place respectively. Both have eight points.

That draw against Northern Ireland brought to an end a six game losing streak, since a 2-1 win against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier back in September 2009.

But Edmudsson, a skilful attacking midfielder or forward, is regarded as one of the biggest footballing stars in his homeland, which has a population of just under 50,000.