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McGovern called up for qualifier

Northern Ireland have called up Falkirk goalkeeper Michael McGovern for their World Cup qualifier against Russia after Alan Mannus withdrew from the squad with a shoulder injury.

Manager Michael O'Neill named only two keepers - St Johnstone's Mannus and established number one Roy Carroll - for the match, which takes place at Windsor Park on Wednesday.

Mannus played 90 minutes for St Johnstone in their 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock on Sunday, but is not fit to join the national side in Belfast.

McGovern has one cap to his name, having come off the bench in a 2010 friendly against Chile.

His call-up suggests there has been no change in Lee Camp's position.

Camp, released by Norwich at the end of last season, was first choice for a period under former boss Nigel Worthington but opted to make himself unavailable after O'Neill made Carroll his number one.


From Belfast Telegraph