Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Nigel Worthington lets rip after snub by Ferguson

Nigel Worthington has urged Shane Ferguson to ‘see sense’ and declare once and for all that he wants to play for Northern Ireland.

Doubts over the Newcastle United player’s international allegiance seemed to have abated last month when, after fears that he was about to switch to the Republic of Ireland, Ferguson made two appearances for the Northern Ireland under-21 team.

The uncertainty over his future has, however, increased over the last couple of days as Worthington has unsuccessfully attempted to call the Londonderry-born youngster into the squad for tonight’s Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Estonia.

The 20-year-old has failed to either answer or return calls from Worthington, giving rise to suspicions that while he is happy to stick with Northern Ireland, he isn’t keen to play for the current manager.

Although that is something which Worthington denies.

“We’ve been trying to get in contact with Shane Ferguson to let him know that we would like to draft him into the squad,” said Worthington.

“His club has been notified, but we've had no contact.

“It beggars belief when you read in the press that people want to represent their country and when you give them the opportunity to do so there's no willingness, or manners, to say ‘no I don't want to be involved' or ‘Yes, I'm coming'.

“I hope the lad sees sense and that he wants to represent the country.

“As far as I’m aware, with the under-21s, when we let him know he was going to be involved he was very pleased.”

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