Belfast Telegraph

Healy sticks with Northern Ireland

By Graham Luney

David Healy says he has no plans to end his Northern Ireland career.

There has been newspaper speculation that the Killyleagh-man was thinking of quitting international football to prolong his club career, but the 31-year-old, who has won 86 caps, released a statement yesterday saying he remains committed to the international set-up.

The Rangers striker, who is hoping to feature in the title showdown against Celtic at Ibrox on Easter Sunday, said: “I have read the local newspaper reports speculating on my international intentions and feel it’s important to respond.

“I remain committed to playing for Northern Ireland and still have the appetite to play.

“The only disappointment I have regarding recent games is to do with my own performance where I haven’t played well or indeed haven’t scored.

“The results will come for us, we have belief in our ability and the manager (Nigel Worthington).

“I will always turn up for Northern Ireland and always be available for the manager Nigel to select me.

“When the boss has options and two or three others ready, then the time will come that I am no longer needed and I have no problem with that.

“Until then I want to remain part of Nigel’s plans and will be available.”

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