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Thompson answers Worthington call

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has added Linfield striker Peter Thompson to his squad for Wednesday night's Euro 2012 qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

Worthington was already without first-choice striker Kyle Lafferty for the match due to a hernia injury and has seen his resources further stretched by the withdrawals of Josh McQuoid (hamstring) and Martin Paterson (thigh) as well as doubts over Warren Feeney.

To add insult to those injuries, uncapped Derry City forward James McClean opted to pull out of the squad having decided his international future lay with Ireland.

Former Stockport striker Thompson joins Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy and uncapped Derby player Jamie Ward as Worthington's only fit strikers.

Healy, recalled after being left out of the Carling Nations Cup squad, is now a certainty to start, with Ward first in line to provide support if Feeney is not passed fit for action.

Celtic's Pat McCourt could also be deployed in an advanced role if needed, while any further losses could see the likes of Billy Kee or Liam Boyce promoted from the Under-21s.


From Belfast Telegraph