NI squad named to face Netherlands

Published Monday, 21 May 2012
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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has named his squad for next month's international friendly against the Netherlands.

NI squad named to face Netherlands
The squad was named on Monday. (© Pacemaker)

There are a number of uncapped players in the 24-man side including former Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly, who is now with Swansea City.

While the teenager is yet to make his debut for the Premier League side, manager O'Neill said Donnelly could have a role to play in Amsterdam.

"Obviously everyone knows about Rory in terms of his exploits before he got his move to Swansea," O'Neill told UTV.

There's a lot of players in there who are either uncapped or have a limited number of caps so we'll see how the three days develops and we'll pick a side from there.

Michael O'Neill

"We have kept close tabs on him and have had many conversations with Brendan Rogers over his development and again it was an opportunity to bring Rory in and see how he is at this minute in time.

"See where he is in relation to possibly starting games at senior international level but just to get him involved as well."

Scotland-born defender James McPake, who ended the season on loan at Hibernian from Coventry, also earns his first call-up for NI, as do Daniel Lafferty and Will Grigg.

Notts County forward Jeff Hughes and Rangers striker Andrew Little have been recalled, while senior players including Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, Aaron Hughes, Kyle Lafferty and Dean Shiels are all excused.

Meanwhile Crusaders captain Colin Coates has earned his place on the team sheet following their Setanta Cup final victory over Derry City last weekend.

The match with be played at the Amsterdam Arena on Saturday 2 June.


Northern Ireland: Lee Camp, Alan Mannus, Roy Carroll; Michael Duff, Ryan McGivern, Lee Hodson, Colin Coates, Rory McArdle, Daniel Lafferty, James McPake; Sammy Clingan, Grant McCann, Corry Evans, Shane Ferguson, Jeff Hughes, Oliver Norwood, Pat McCourt; David Healy, Josh McQuoid, Niall McGinn, Josh Carson, Andrew Little, William Grigg, Rory Donnelly.

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9 Comments
s magowan in belfast wrote (855 days ago):
It is good to see new players like Rory Donnelly and James McPake getting call ups for a difficult game but iam sure they wont let the side down.Yes,from the manager down we are a cross community team unlike the republic of ireland.
Canice in Derry wrote (857 days ago):
'international' friendly - don't think so. McCourt & McShane - sad.
n.i.nemesis in derry wrote (861 days ago):
Ian In Belfast. What would a Republic fan have to be bitter about as they're on the way to poland as we speak. It's your wee team that's left back here with you sulking on the sidelines. You must have noticed from the three world cup finals the RoI have been in, they got out of the group stage in all of them while linfield reserves[\ni] are apperoaching the 30th anniversay of the only time they were successful at the WC. Keep quiet about their 1986 effort. [one point from 3 games and they were back home. Worry about them and never mind the Republic.
Mervyn McNeill in Belfast wrote (861 days ago):
If YOU SUPPORT THE Northern Ireland football team get behind them and show your support with positive comments as for NI nemesis people in glass houses should'nt through stones sometimes history has a way of repeating its self we have had great teams in the past and will have again onwards and upwards it makes the glory of our achivments even sweeter.
Iain in Belfast wrote (862 days ago):
I think you should worry about your own team's chances ninny because you will need all the luck you can get. Utv stands for what exactly....oh yes Ulster television. Utv do cover ROI games which I'm sure you are aware of. Yet another bitter ROI fan commenting about a team they hate so much.....
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