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Worthington happy to set up camp

Nigel Worthington has welcomed former England Under-21 Lee Camp into the Northern Ireland fold and says he would have "no hesitation at all" about pitching him straight into action against Serbia later this month.

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Camp won five caps for the England Under-21s, including the first match at the revamped Wembley against Italy Under-21s, but was last month given permission by FIFA to pursue a career with Northern Ireland. Camp, 26, qualifies through his grandfather, and with Maik Taylor approaching his 40th birthday and fellow keeper Jonathan Tuffey still relatively inexperienced, has a great chance to become Worthington's number one.

Having named him in a 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Serbia and Slovenia on March 25 and 29, Worthington stopped short of guaranteeing his place in the first XI but was full of praise for the newcomer, saying: "First off I am delighted to get Lee on board, we are very fortunate to have him."

He added: "I had him on loan when I was at Norwich and I know all about his temperament, his qualities."

"He is an impressive goalkeeper and the last few years he's been even better. He has played a wealth of games and at a very high level.

"He's also a nice age, with Maik at 39 and a couple of young ones in their early twenties.

"If we need Lee to step in it buys the youngsters some time to mature.

"We will have a look at everyone and have a chat but it won't be about individuals, it will be about what suits the game.

"But I've watched Lee two or three times over the last couple of weeks and, having watched him, I'd have no hesitations at all about playing him."


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