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Duffy decision rocks Nigel Worthington
Promising Everton defender Shane Duffy has rocked Northern Ireland by deciding to change his allegiance, the Irish Football Association have confirmed.
The 18-year-old Londonderry-born player has informed manager Nigel Worthington he wants to play for the Republic of Ireland instead.
Duffy has withdrawn from the squad to face Albania in a friendly in Tirana on March 3 after being named in the party on Monday.
He looked set to win his first cap in the absence of captain Aaron Hughes and his defensive team-mate Chris Baird.
Worthington is believed to be disappointed at Duffy's change of heart.
He has come through the system with the province and was captain of the Under-19s before graduating to the Under-21s.
Duffy was one of three uncapped players called up along with Coleraine striker Rory Patterson and Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
Patterson, who is joining Glentoran next season after signing a pre-contract agreement, has scored 31 goals this term.
Carson is one of three goalkeepers in the party and joins veteran Maik Taylor and Jonny Tuffey.
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