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Michael O'Neill convinced Peacock-Farrell to commit to Northern Ireland

by Paul Ferguson

Northern Ireland rookie keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has revealed encouraging words from Michael O'Neill and a dedicated scouting network encouraged the Leeds United stopper to sign on with his adopted country.

English-born Peacock-Farrell (right), who qualifies through his grandparent from Enniskillen, made his debut against Panama last Tuesday night - keeping a clean sheet after coming on at half time for Trevor Carson.

But he admits the process to convince him to play for Northern Ireland actually started two years ago when he was just 19.

"Michael called me and then he had a training camp in Manchester," he explains. "He called me to the hotel and he had a chat with me. From then they've just been keeping tabs.

"Goalkeeper coach Maik Taylor has come and watched, (Head scout) Andy Cousins has come and watched. There's eyes on you all the time and they've just kept track of me."

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