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Camp gets debut Irish call-up

By: Na 14 Mar 2011 13:00:07

Camp gets debut Irish call-up

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has named former England Under-21 goalkeeper Lee Camp in his squad for the first time.

Camp, who was born in Derby but qualifies for Northern Ireland through his grandfather, was cleared by FIFA for selection last month.

The 26-year-old replaces Linfield's Alan Blayney in the 23-man squad to for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Serbia and Slovenia on March 25 and 29 and the Nottingham Forest man could now be pushing for a starting place with Inverness' Jonathan Tuffey.

Camp earned five caps for England Under-21s, including the first match at the revamped Wembley against Italy.

Also missing from the squad named ahead of the Carling Nations Cup defeat to Scotland in February are George McCartney, who announced his international retirement prior to that match, and Plymouth striker Rory Patterson.

Watford duo Lee Hodson and Adam Thompson have been added to the squad in their place.

Elsewhere, record scorer David Healy retains his place having earned a recall for the Scotland match following his move to Rangers, as does Werder Bremen's Liam Boyce, who made his debut in that game.

Northern Ireland Squad: M Taylor (Birmingham), J Tuffey (Inverness), L Camp (Nottingham Forest), J Evans (Man Utd), S Craigan (Motherwell), C Cathcart (Blackpool), G McAuley (Ipswich), A Hughes (Fulham), L Hodson (Watford), A Thompson (Watford), C Baird (Fulham), G McCann (Peterborough), C Brunt (West Brom), J Gorman (Wolves), C Evans (Man Utd on loan at Hull), S Davis (Rangers), N McGinn (Celtic), S Clingan (Coventry), P McCourt (Celtic), D Healy (Rangers), W Feeney (Oldham), K Lafferty (Rangers), L Boyce (Werder Bremen).


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