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Coleraine's Rory Patterson is in Northern Ireland squad

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Nigel Worthington talks about his panel for the friendly against Albania

Coleraine striker Rory Patterson has been included in Northern Ireland's squad for the friendly away to Albania.

But Nigel Worthington's plans to name Everton teenager Shane Duffy have been scrapped because the defender has opted to play for the Republic of Ireland.

Andrew Little of Rangers is picked as a defender while David Healy is one of five strikers included for the 3 March match in Tirana's Qemal Stafa Stadium.

Captain Aaron Hughes and Fulham team-mate Chris Baird are not in the squad.

Coleraine striker Rory Patterson
Coleraine's Rory Patterson is the top scorer in the Irish League

Worthington has included three keepers, including Trevor Carson of Sunderland.

Jonny Evans is named even though Manchester United are playing Aston Villa in the Carling Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.

Striker Patterson has been the Irish League's top scorer this season with 29 goals and has signed a pre-contract agreement to join champions Glentoran next season.

Worthington said he had spoken to Duffy but had not managed to persuade him to remain with Northern Ireland.


Northern Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: M Taylor (Birmingham City), J Tuffey (Partick Thistle), T Carson (Sunderland).

Defenders: G McAuley (Ipswich Town), J Evans (Manchester United), S Craigan (Motherwell), G McCartney (Sunderland), R McGivern (Manchester City), A Little (Rangers).

Midfielders: N McGinn (Celtic), G McCann (Scunthorpe United), Michael O'Connor (Scunthorpe United), S Davis (Rangers), C Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), D Shiels (Doncaster Rovers), D Johnson (Birmingham City), S Clingan (Coventry City).

Forwards: D Healy (Sunderland, on loan at Ipswich Town), W Feeney (Cardiff City), K Lafferty (Rangers), A Kirk (Dunfermline Athletic), R Patterson (Coleraine).



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see also
N Ireland get Italy in Euro draw
07 Feb 10 |  Football
NI to take on Albania in friendly
18 Jan 10 |  Irish


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