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Pat Jennings honoured among greats of the century

By Stuart McKinley

Pat Jennings’ record 119 Northern Ireland appearances will be recognised by Uefa on Friday night.

The goalkeeping legend is to be honoured at Windsor Park when the current Northern Ireland side takes on Serbia in a crunch Euro 2012 qualifier.

He’ll receive a commemorative cap and medal struck by the European governing body for players who have reached a century of caps for their countries.

With 119 to his name — the last on his 41st birthday against Brazil at the 1986 World Cup — Jennings will be the only Northern Ireland player among a select band including England’s Peter Shilton and the late Bobby Moore; Scotland’s Kenny Dalglish, Germany’s Lothar Matthaus, Denmark’s Peter Schmeichel and Portugal’s Luis Figo.

“It is fantastic that Uefa have introduced these awards and anything you get at my age is appreciated,” Jennings, now 66, told the Belfast Telegraph last night.

“I think the fact that I’m the only player to have won 100 caps for Northern Ireland tells its own story. It will be nice to be at Windsor Park for an international game again and I hope it’s a good night for the team as well.”

Nigel Worthington’s squad has been hit by just one withdrawal ahead of Friday night’s game. Derby County striker Jamie Ward is ruled-out with a hamstring injury.

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