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Gorman puts his studies on hold for Northern Ireland debut

Johnny Gorman has said goodbye to school for a week or so as he continues his football education thousands of miles from home.

At 17 he should be continuing his studies for 'A' levels in English Literature, Art and Physical Education.

Instead Gorman, who plays in midfield for Wolves' Academy side, is preparing to make his debut for Northern Ireland.

Nigel Worthington’s side face Turkey in Connecticut tomorrow before travelling on to Chile, where they will meet the World Cup finalists on Sunday.

Worthington has named an inexperienced squad — and Gorman's name was the most surprising of all.

Sheffield-born Gorman — in lower sixth at Repton School after winning a scholarship — qualifies through a family member.

The school's director of football, Matthew Carrington said: “We hope that Johnny will serve as a great example to other boys looking to play high-level football whilst continuing their education at Repton.

“It is clear to see that he is making huge strides in the professional game with both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Northern Ireland and we are all really pleased for him.”

A statement on the school website adds: “Johnny is a fabulous player with a wonderful combination of balance and skill. He has had a really successful year at Repton, both on the football pitch and academically. He follows a programme of studies and training, created by the school and the football club.

“It is a major commitment on his part, but also a sensible one given the uncertainties of a career in football.”

Wolves Academy manager Kevin Thelwell believes Gorman has a bright future in the game.

He said: “Johnny is still a first year scholar and he has made an excellent contribution to our season. I received a personal call from Nigel Worthington and he was very complimentary about Johnny.

“There is no doubt about it. This is a huge accolade for the lad, his family, the Wolves Academy and the club.”

Belfast Telegraph