Feeney makes NI squad

03 November 2009 04:44
Dunfermline striker Andy Kirk has kept his place in the Northern Ireland squad for the friendly against Serbia at Windsor Park on 14 November.Kirk was called in as a replacement for the final World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic and came on as a sub to win his first cap since 2006. [LNB]Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty, who had to pull out of the Prague trip, is included in the 20-man panel. [LNB]Doncaster's Dean Shiels is named but Colin Coates of Crusaders misses out. [LNB]If defender Coates had retained his place, Crusaders would have been entitled to ask for their big Carling Premiership clash with Glentoran to be postponed. [LNB]Now the clash at Seaview will definitely go ahead. [LNB]Former Hibernian player Shiels, who has eight caps but has not played for his country since a 2-0 defeat by Hungary a year ago, had been out of favour. [LNB]But he has impressed national team boss Nigel Worthington with two goals in his last three games for Doncaster. [LNB]Serbia will use the Windsor Park friendly as the start of their build-up to the World Cup finals. [LNB]They pipped France by a point to win Group Seven and secure automatic qualification. [LNB][LNB]Northern Ireland panel: Taylor (Birmingham City), Mannus (Shamrock Rovers), Tuffey (Partick Thistle); McAuley (Ipswich Town), Hughes (Fulham), Evans (Manchester United), Craigan (Motherwell), McCartney (Sunderland), Baird (Fulham); McGinn (Celtic), McCann (Scunthorpe United), O'Connor (Scunthorpe), Davis (Rangers), Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), Shiels (Doncaster Rovers), McCourt (Celtic); Healy (Sunderland), Feeney (Cardiff City), Lafferty (Rangers), Kirk (Dunfermline Athletic).

Source: BBC_Sport