Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington is trying to persuade Manchester United prospect Darron Gibson to switch allegiance from the Republic.
Darron Gibson is highly rated by Republic boss Steve Staunton
The 19-year-old, who was born in Londonderry, is currently at the centre of a dispute between the two countries.
Gibson represented Northern Ireland at Under-16 level but then opted for the Republic as he has an Irish passport.
"I have spoken to him and emphasised how much I want him to be involved with Northern Ireland," said Worthington.
The Northern Ireland manager told the Sunday Life he felt the teenager should play for the country of his birth.
"I want him involved with Northern Ireland and it is a situation which has to be resolved."
Gibson has not played for the Republic of Ireland at senior level although he was a non-playing substitute for a Euro 2008 qualifier against San Marino.
The Irish FA, which governs football in Northern Ireland, is awaiting a Fifa ruling on Gibson's eligibility.