Belfast Telegraph

Neil Lennon to help Northern Ireland boss land Liam Feeney

By Steven Beacom

Neil Lennon could become a surprise factor in Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualification dream by helping Michael O'Neill persuade Bolton star Liam Feeney to join up with the Green and White Army.

Northern Ireland boss O'Neill wanted to name the versatile Feeney in his squad yesterday for next Wednesday's friendly in Scotland and the qualifier at home to Finland on March 29, but the 28-year-old is weighing up his international options.

And the English-born winger has a few... Northern Ireland, through his mum's family in Londonderry, the Republic of Ireland courtesy of the grandparent rule and Jamaica, his dad's country.

O'Neill is refusing to give up a chase he started three years ago and his ex-Northern Ireland team-mate Lennon, in charge at Bolton, may play a crucial role.

O'Neill hopes Feeney (pictured) will be part of his plans for the second half of the campaign.

"Discussions have been ongoing with Liam. He isn't ready yet to commit to playing international football with Northern Ireland," said O'Neill, who admitted the team's upturn in fortunes makes them a more attractive proposition.

"I met the player, and we know his manager well. He wants to give it some more thought, but hopefully he will come on board."

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