Millwall midfielder Liam Feeney is the mystery man that Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is hoping to include in his squad for next month’s friendly against Finland.
O’Neill watched the Lions in their pre-season games against Longford Town and Glenavon within the last week, but refused to divulged the identity of the player he was there to see.
Feeney, however, has now revealed that his family background means he is eligible to play for Northern Ireland.
The London-born player, who joined Millwall from Bournemouth a year ago, also qualifies for the Republic of Ireland — which is why O’Neill didn’t want to name his potential target — and Feeney isn’t yet ready to make a decision on his international future.
“I have grandparents from both sides of the border so I could probably represent either,” revealed the 25-year-old.
“I don’t know the full legalities yet and I would not want to say what my preference is until I know the full situation.”
The Windsor Park meeting with Finland is just over three weeks away and O’Neill will be putting his squad plans together within the next seven days.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed last week that Jonny Evans is likely to miss the start of the season and that will also rule him out of the Finland game.
Chris Brunt is also a doubt for the game. The West Bromwich Albion captain made an early return from his club’s pre-season trip to Scandinavia after picking up a calf injury.
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