Worthy sets up Camp
Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington may have finally found a long-term replacement for veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor.
Nottingham Forest No.1 Lee Camp, a former England Under-21 star, last night pledged his allegiance to Northern Ireland after turning his back on Fabio Capello.
Camp, who qualifies for Northern Ireland through his Belfast-born grandfather, has become disillusioned with England due to being overlooked by Capello for last month’s friendly against Hungary. The 26-year-old had hoped to earn a senior international call-up after keeping 19 clean sheets last season and helping Forest to third in the Championship but Capello instead chose Watford keeper Scott Loach and Blackburn rookie Frankie Fielding.
Now Camp, who played under Worthington at Norwich City and made five appearances for England’s under-21s, has decided to make himself available for Northern Ireland and Worthy has instructed the IFA to put the wheels in motion.
“We’ve got some paperwork to sort out and that could take time,” admitted Worthington last night.
However Camp is confident he will soon be challenging 39-year-old Taylor — hopefully in time for the inaugural Carling Nations Tournament which kicks off in February.
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