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Teenager Johnny Gorman set to make N Ireland debut

Nigel Wothington
Nigel Worthington has selected an inexperienced squad

A-level student Johnny Gorman is set to make his debut for Northern Ireland in Wednesday night's friendly against Turkey in New Britain, Connecticut.

The 17-year-old, who plays in midfield for the Wolves Academy side, has said goodbye to school for a week as he continues his football education.

"The door is always open for players to come through," said Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington.

"I am looking to give everyone some game time and take it from there."

Sheffield-born Gorman is currently studying for 'A' levels in English Literature, Art and Physical Education in lower sixth form at Repton School after winning a scholarship.

He qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through a family member.

Worthington has named an inexperienced squad, and Gorman's name was the most surprising of all, although he has played for Northern Ireland's youth teams.

Wolves Academy manager Kevin Thelwell believes the teenager has a bright future in the game.

"Johnny is still a first year scholar and he has made an excellent contribution to our season," said Thelwell.

"I received a personal call from Nigel Worthington and he was very complimentary about Johnny.

"This is a huge accolade for the lad, his family, the Wolves Academy and the club."

Stephen Craigan has been named as captain for the friendlies against Turkey on Wednesday and Chile on Sunday.

Northern Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern (Ross County), Alan Blayney (Linfield)

Defenders: Colin Coates (Crusaders), Stephen Craigan (Motherwell), Andrew Little (Rangers), Rory McArdle (Rochdale), Gareth McAuley (Ipswich Town), Ryan McGiven (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Corry Evans (Manchester United), Kevin Braniff (Portadown), John Gorman (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Robert Garrett (Linfield), Jamie Mulgrew (Linfield), Michael Bryan (Watford)

Forwards: Josh Magennis (Cardiff City), Warren Feeney (Cardiff City), James Lawrie (Port Vale), Rory Patterson (Coleraine)

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see also
Craigan handed NI tour captaincy
21 May 10 |  Irish
Keeper Blayney in NI tour squad
13 May 10 |  Football
N Ireland stars missing for tour
11 May 10 |  Football

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