Hot-shot Gorman surpasses Best
Johnny Gorman became Northern Ireland’s youngest debutant since Norman Whiteside when he stepped onto the international stage last night.
And he also outdid the great George Best by pulling on the green shirt at a younger age than the Manchester United legend.
Worthington handed the 17-year-old a place in the starting line-up for the friendly against Turkey in the American city of Connecticut and that saw the Wolves youngster make history.
Five Irish League players, including Jamie Mulgrew and Kevin Braniff, were also handed debuts.
At 17 years and 212 days, only six players younger than Gorman — who won’t turn 18 until October — have ever played for Northern Ireland.
With a large number of his regular squad members not on the trip, Worthington has dipped down as far as his under-19 panel and Gorman is the biggest beneficiary. The Sheffield-born younster, who qualifies for Northern Ireland through a parent, combines playing for Wolves’ academy team with studying for A Levels in English Literature, Art and Physical Education at Repton School in Derbyshire.
Whiteside became the youngest player to appear in a World Cup finals when he made his Northern Ireland debut against Yugoslavia in Spain 1982 — taking the record away from Brazilian icon Pele.