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Worthy calls on Cathcart

08 February 2009 01:25
igel Worthington has added Craig Cathcart to his Northern Ireland squad ahead of a vital midweek clash.

Worthington's side are set to face San Marino on Wednesday in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.

Their preparations had been hindered by the withdrawal of Manchester United centre-half Jonny Evans through injury and Fulham full-back Chris Baird through illness.

Worthington has, therefore, decided to add Cathcart to his senior party as cover.

The 20-year-old, who is currently on loan at Plymouth from Manchester United, was initially scheduled to play for Northern Ireland's U21 side in a friendly against Wales on Tuesday.

Under-21 manager Steve Beaglehole believes Cathcart will not let anyone down if he is given a chance to impress.

"I am pleased for Craig," he said. "I have also seen him in action a couple of times for Plymouth and he has made big strides.

"Craig is a good footballer, you can see why Manchester United signed him. He is comfortable on the ball and reads the game well. He just lacks a bit of physical strength at the moment."

Source: SKY_Sports