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My strong family links meant Northern Ireland were always high on my list of options, reveals ace McCann

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Ali McCann, right, has impressed in his first two appearances for Northern Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

Ali McCann, right, has impressed in his first two appearances for Northern Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

Ali McCann, right, has impressed in his first two appearances for Northern Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

Born and bred in Scotland he may have been, but new Windsor Park hero Ali McCann always had Northern Ireland on his mind - and his back.

As a boy, McCann's Craigavon-based grandparents Jack and Hilda used to buy him Northern Ireland strips. If his opening two full international appearances are anything to go by, he will continue to wear them for years to come.

McCann, who turned 21 on Friday, was one of the few bright spots from last month's triple-header when Northern Ireland lost to Slovakia in the crunch Euro 2020 Play-Off before going down to Austria in the Nations League and drawing at home to Romania in the same competition.


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