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Damien Johnson during his playing days with Northern Ireland

Damien Johnson during his playing days with Northern Ireland

Damien Johnson during his playing days with Northern Ireland

Just as he did as a player, Damien Johnson is determined to give everything to his new coaching role with Northern Ireland.

Manager Ian Baraclough has not let the grass grow under his feet in adding Johnson to his backroom team, with the ex-Birmingham City midfielder, who won 56 caps, taking up the role of coaching assistant.

It could prove to be an inspired move. Johnson was a consistent performer in the green shirt between 1999 and 2010 and, alongside Steven Davis, starred in the middle of the park in the famous 1-0 win over England in 2005.