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'I still dream of going to the World Cup': Derek Spence on learning of missed Northern Ireland call-up via Teletext

 

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Derek Spence didn't play for Northern Ireland again after being left out of the 1982 World Cup squad.

Derek Spence didn't play for Northern Ireland again after being left out of the 1982 World Cup squad.

Derek Spence didn't play for Northern Ireland again after being left out of the 1982 World Cup squad.

Derek Spence has never got over learning he had missed out on the 1982 World Cup on Teletext.

The Northern Ireland striker had been a regular in the squad that negotiated the qualifying group stages and had been one of the 18 players taken to a pre-World Cup friendly in France.

"As we returned home from France, Billy Bingham shook hands with me and said he would see me in June," said 68-year-old Spence, who scored three times for his country in 29 appearances. "What made him change his mind I will never know.