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Bid to force David Healy out of Northern Ireland squad

Published 11/09/2009

David Healy
David Healy
Keith Gillespie pictured with David Healy during a Northern Ireland match
Northern Ireland's David Healy
David Healy

Northern Ireland’s greatest ever goalscorer has opened his heart about his international future.

David Healy was left distraught after Wednesday night’s 2-0 home defeat to Slovakia which all but ended Northern Ireland’s dream of reaching next year’s World Cup finals.

As it has done throughout the qualifying campaign, speculation persists about his role in Nigel Worthington’s long term plans.

Writing in his Belfast Telegraph column, the Sunderland striker has revealed that he feels there are some people who want him removed from the international set-up, but he states that he still has much to offer.

Healy, who has scored 35 goals in 77 internationals, said: “I have felt at times in this campaign that there are those who want to force me out of the Northern Ireland set-up.

“Maybe some people are just sick of David Healy and want me out, so a new hero can be built up. I genuinely hope it’s not over because nothing in football gives me a bigger buzz than playing for Northern Ireland and our brilliant fans.

“I know some doubt me but I still believe I have lots to offer my country,” added Healy, who could leave the Mackems in a loan move to a Championship club later this month, with Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Ipswich and Coventry all interested.

Belfast Telegraph

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