Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

McGurk set for Northern Ireland Under-21 debut

Promising Aston Villa striker Adam McGurk is poised to make his debut for the Northern Ireland Under-21 side tonight in a friendly in Portugal.

McGurk saw his career at the Barclays Premier League club go on the backburner because of a bad knee injury.

However he is now back in action and Under-21 manager Steve Beaglehole, who is on Leicester's coaching staff, has been impressed with the youngster's attitude.

He said: “Adam is a player I know a lot about. He has had a torrid time with a very serious knee injury. It needed a full reconstruction.

“He has only had two or three reserve games, so is not up to full pace yet. I am planning to give him a run-out as he is a very talented player. If he can regain his fitness, he will be a big asset to us in the next qualifying campaign.

“It is a great opportunity for Adam to come in and perform at this level after having a long time off.

“He is suited to international football as he is technically good and adaptable.”

Beaglehole wants his side to follow the lead of his successful Milk Cup squad, who beat Germany, Bulgaria and Denmark to win the tournament.

He added: “It might be a different age group but the aims are the same. We are in Portugal to win, that's the priority, because it is a good habit to get into.”

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