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Stephen Robinson's hopes rest on seasoned starlets in quest for Milk Cup glory

By Stuart Mckinley

Stephen Robinson will look to experienced players like Luke McCullough, David Morgan and Jamie Sendels-White in his quest to lead Northern Ireland to Milk Cup glory next week.

The under-21 international boss will be in charge of the team in the Elite Section of the tournament in the north west and he is determined to end a three year run without a home success in the competition.

Northern Ireland claimed Elite glory in 2008 and 2009, but after finishing as runners-up in the next two tournaments, they were finished disapointingly outside of the top places last year.

McCullough, Morgan and Sendels-White all return to the squad after being involved 12 months ago and their experience will be key if the boys in green are to see off the challenge of Denmark (Monday, Coleraine 8pm), USA (Wednesday, Drumahoe 8pm) and defending champions Mexico (Friday, Ballymena 6pm) and lift the prestigious trophy.

McCullough's call-up to the Northern Ireland squad comes on the same day that he signed a two-year contract with Doncaster Rovers.

The 19-year-old Portadown-man was released by Manchester United at the end of last season and has been signed by Paul Dickov after impressing during a trial period. This year's Milk Cup will actually be the fourth that McCullough has appeared in.

As well as being in the Northern Ireland squad last year, while in 2011 he was part of United's Premier squad. Back in 2008 he was in the Armagh county team in the Junior section.

NORTHERN IRELAND MILK CUP SQUAD: Conor Thompson (Torquay United), Chris Johns (Southampton), Jamie Sendels-White (QPR), Matthew Buchanan (West Bromwich Albion), Dominic Ball (Tottenham Hotspur), Patrick McNally (Celtic), Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), David Morgan (Nottingham Forest), Liam Nolan (Crewe Alexandra), Aaron McEneff (Tottenham Hotspur), Cameron McGeehan (Norwich City), Rhys Sharpe (Derby County), Callum Camps (Rochdale), Jamie Reid (Exeter City), Andrew Mitchell (Glenavon), Paul McElroy (Hull City), Jonathan McMurray (Cliftonville), Dion Charles (Blackpool).

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