Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Taylor returns to Northern Ireland squad but Camp is still Worthy No 1

Windsor Park favourite Maik Taylor may be back in the Northern Ireland squad, but manager Nigel Worthington has confirmed that Lee Camp will keep his place in goal for the visit of Serbia to Belfast.

The Nottingham Forest man made his international debut in the reverse fixture in Belgrade back in March and although he had a few wobbly moments in the 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands a couple of weeks ago Camp retains his position ahead of Taylor, still looking for a club following his release from Birmingham City and ready to celebrate his 40th birthday next month.

“Lee will play in goal for us,” said Worthington.

“He has done well for us so far and although it is fantastic to have Maik back because he is terrific around the team hotel and obviously has quality on the pitch, he hasn't played this season, so Lee stays in.”

While Camp will be happy to hear that, former Linfield and Shamrock Rovers number one Alan Mannus, now with St Johnstone, must be delighted to have kept his place in the panel at the expense of Jonathan Tuffey from Inverness Caley Thistle.

There is no place in the 23-man squad for Burnley striker Martin Paterson who, after being recalled to the international fray for the Faroes game, missed it through injury.

Paterson hasn’t played for his club since and is likely to be out for a couple of months.

Millwall's Josh McQuoid and Derby's Jamie Ward make up the striking department that includes regulars Kyle Lafferty, David Healy and Warren Feeney.

Meanwhile, Leeds United's Alex Bruce, who has decided to throw his lot in with Northern Ireland after appearing for the Republic of Ireland in a couple of friendlies, has not been included as his paperwork to confirm the switch needs to be finalised by the footballing authorities.

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