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Northern Ireland v Morocco: Hodson wants more of the same

By Stuart McKinley

Lee Hodson last night committed his international future to Northern Ireland.

The Watford-born full-back is still eligible for England despite playing in last night's 1-1 draw against Morocco.

There will, however, be no |u-turn from the 19-year-old and that is great news for manager Nigel Worthington.

“I've made my debut now and I'm going to stick with it,” said Hodson, one of three debutants along with Adam Barton and half-time substitute Josh McQuoid.

“Hopefully in the future I can get more caps. I'm still young, but I want more of this.”

Rory Patterson's late penalty gave Northern Ireland a draw after Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh had taken advantage of a mistake by Linfield's Alan Blayney to open the scoring.

Preston North End midfielder Barton impressed, but he made a swift exit from Windsor Park, declining interviews. Worthington, however, intends to speak to the player in the hope that he will commit after winning a senior cap.

Hodson is relishing the prospect of more caps after sampling the Windsor Park atmosphere from the pitch for the first time.

“It's great for my career and a great experience for me to walk out at Windsor Park. It felt fantastic,” he said. “I've been with Northern Ireland for quite a long time now and when an opportunity like this comes along you can't turn it down.

“I've played at under-19 and under-21 level and when I got called up being from England didn't come into account when I got this call. Being in the squad at such a young age, I was just pleased to be out there in a Northern Ireland shirt.”

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