Nige’s new Camp: Forest keeper joins Northern Ireland squad for Euro qualifiers
Published 14/03/2011 | 14:56
Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington today included goalkeeper Lee Camp in his squad for the first time.
FIFA recently gave the green light for English born Camp to play for Northern Ireland and Worthington has wasted no time on bringing the Nottingham Forest number one on board for the European Championship qualifiers in Serbia and at home to Slovenia later this month.
Camp will face a battle to play though with Maik Taylor the long standing first choice.
There are no surprises in the 23 man squad with a host of big name players, sucha s Kyle Lafferty, Aaron Hughes, Jonny Evans and Sammy Clingan named after missing out in the recent friendly defeat to Scotland.
Liam Boyce keeps his place having come off the bench to make his international debut in a 3-0 defeat to the Scots.
The double header is crucial to the hopes of qualifying for the finals, to be held in Poland and Ukraine next year.
After making an excellent start to the campaign, winning in Slovenia and drawing at home to group favourites Italy, there was huge disappointment when Worthy’s men could only manage a 1-1 draw away to minnows Faroe Islands.
The manager knows his team will have to up their game dramatically against Serbia, even though there will be no home fans to cheer them on after a ban was imposed on the Serbian supporters for causing so much trouble against Italy that the game had to be abandoned, with victory later awarded to the Azzurri.
UEFA have given permission for around 200 Northern Ireland supporters to attend the match.
Squad: Maik Taylor, Jonathan Tuffey, Lee Camp, Jonathan Evans, Stephen Craigan, Craig Cathcart, Gareth McAuley, Aaron Hughes, Lee Hodson, Adam Thompson, Chris Baird, Grant McCann, Chris Brunt, Jonny Gorman, Corry Evans, Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Sammy Clingan, Pat McCourt, David Healy, Warren Feeney, Kyle Lafferty, Liam Boyce