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Michael O'Neill wants Republic player Sean Scannell to make Northern Ireland switch

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will try to persuade former Republic of Ireland under-21 player Sean Scannell to switch international allegiance.

The Huddersfield Town winger qualifies for NI through his father, who hails from County Armagh, and O'Neill is keen to get him on board.

The 27-year-old midfielder, is on the books at Premier League Huddersfield although has yet to play in England's top tier. He was on loan at Burton Albion for the first half of the current season although return to his parent club last month after suffering a groin injury.

He has since returned to action with the club's Under 23s but was last weekend ruled out for four to six weeks with a shoulder injury. That makes it unlikely that Scannell could make an NI debut against South Korea on March 24 if he were to confirm a switch. Any appearance is now more likely during the club's trip to Panama and Costa Rica in May / June.

London-born Scannell has played for the Republic of Ireland at Under 17, Under 21 and B international level  but has not won a senior cap and so is illegible to switch allegiances.

Scannell's agent Eric Waters said: "There is genuine interest but nothing has been confirmed as yet about Sean playing for Northern Ireland. I'm sure that Sean will look forward to having a conversation (with Michael O'Neill) when the time is right."

Born in Croydon and with Jamaican heritage, Scannell is eligible to play for four national teams.

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