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Healy: My anger at Nigel Worthington's Hungary rant

By Stuart McKinley

David Healy last night revealed his anger after Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington’s rant at his players following the dismal defeat to Hungary last month.

Since that awful performance there have even been suggestions that Healy may face the axe.

With fellow strikers Kyle Lafferty and Martin Paterson both finding the net for Rangers and Burnley respectively at the weekend, whether Healy faces San Marino when the World Cup qualifying campaign gets underway again in February is now open to question.

Healy revealed: "I was disappointed with some of the comments after the Hungary game. Nigel basically blamed the players which was disappointing. There were five or six of us who weren't playing regularly. Now it's being said that with Kyle Lafferty scoring goals for Rangers, Martin Paterson scoring goals for Burnley, is the axe going to fall and is he going to do the unthinkable and leave the hero; the messiah, out of the team?

"If Nigel wants to make a stand and make a point coming into the qualifiers where if club players aren't in the team and leave me out that comes down to him to make the big decisions at the right times," said Healy.

"If the big decision is going to come, if the axe is going to come down on me it's down to Nigel.

"I have proved in the past that I can come back and play for Northern Ireland. People forget that I'd a lot of tough times, a lot of games where I wasn't 100 per cent fit.”

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