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Carroll back as Gault called up

Roy Carroll
Roy Carroll moved from Rangers to Derby County in January

Goalkeeper Roy Carroll is back in the Northern Ireland squad after ending his self-imposed international exile.

The Derby County goalkeeper has been named in Nigel Worthington's 22-man panel for the friendly against Georgia at Windsor Park on 26 March.

Linfield midfielder Michael Gault is called up for the first time, along with Crewe's Michael O'Connor.

Stuart Elliott, who is on loan at Doncaster, returns to the fold and Warren Feeney returns after injury.

Michael McGovern, Sean Webb, Stephen Robinson and Ivan Sproule drop out from the squad that was named to play Bulgaria last month.

Worthington said Carroll's return was "good news for the player and good news for Northern Ireland".

"Roy is back playing first-team football at Derby and I have given him six weeks to get some games under his belt.

"When he was offered the opportunity to come back in, he was delighted to accept and he is looking forward to it."

"Michael O'Connor has been doing well for Crewe and for the Under-21s and I have brought him in for the experience as, over the next few years, you never know when you'll need the younger or fringe players.

"Michael Gault has also been doing well for Linfield and any time I have watched him live on television, I have always been impressed with his attitude and his workrate. It will be good experience for him."

"Stuart Elliott is not starting at Doncaster but is getting some football and with a shortage of players in the wide left area, I have brought Stuart in as competition for Brunt," explained the Northern Ireland boss.

N Ireland squad: Taylor (Birmingham City), Carroll (Derby County), Mannus (Linfield), Baird (Fulham), Hughes (Fulham), Craigan (Motherwell), McAuley (Leicester City), McCartney (West Ham), Evans (Manchester Utd, on loan at Sunderland), Davis (Fulham, on loan at Rangers), Johnson (Birmingham City), Clingan (Nottingham Forest), Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), Gillespie (Sheffield Utd), O'Connor (Crewe Alexandra), Elliott (Hull City, on loan at Doncaster Rovers), Gault (Linfield), Healy (Fulham), Lafferty (Burnley), Paterson (Scunthorpe Utd), Thompson (Linfield), Feeney (Cardiff City).

Northern Ireland 0-1 Bulgaria
06 Feb 08 |  Internationals


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