Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Northern Ireland kids are Worthy of tour chance

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington is ready to give his young players a chance to prove they are good enough for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

The Irish FA is pushing ahead with plans for a short tour in May, with Turkey and Chile possible opponents.

Should it come to fruition the likes of Andrew Little, Ryan McGivern, Corry Evans and Oliver Norwood could be on the plane.

And Coleraine goalgetter Rory Patterson may also come into contention. Worthington said: “I was very pleased with Rory. He did well, got hold of it. His link play was good. He did himself no harm.

Worthington plans to rest his senior players at the end of the season.

He said: “There may be a tour in May with a couple of games. If that comes off it will be good.

“We will be going with a young squad as the older ones will need time off to recuperate and get ready for next season.

“It is not a problem to go with a young group because you do find out things about your youngsters when you are working closely with them. You put them into scenarios they are not used to. So there are a lot of pluses.”

Meanwhile, Worthington has fully endorsed the IFA's decision to raise the matter of player eligibility with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“The association is right and proper in what it is doing because no one else is looking after us.”

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