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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 May, 2004, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Ingham receives NI call up
Damien Johnson and Andy Smith will be on Northern Ireland's tour of the Caribbean
Damien Johnson and Andy Smith in the new Northern Ireland kit
Sunderland goalkeeper Michael Ingham has been included in the Northern Ireland squad for the tour to the Caribbean at the end of May.

Ingham, at present on loan at Wrexham, was chosen because Manchester United's Roy Carroll and Alan Blayney of Southampton were unavailable.

NI will play Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.

Northern Ireland also unveiled a new playing strip and announced sponsorship deals with Umbro and JJB Sports.

Manager Lawrie Sanchez said Ingham could provide vital cover during the World Cup qualifying campaign.

"We are blessed with goalkeepers who are playing in the English League at the moment," said Sanchez.

It is a great opportunity for players to make names for themselves
Lawrie Sanchez
"In choosing cover for Maik Taylor and Roy Carroll, I felt it was best to go with youth. It is a toss-up between Blayney and Ingham."

Sanchez said his believed his players would approach the end-of-season sunshine tour in a totally professional way.

"The game has changed and you do not have boozing on tours these days," said the NI boss.

"I think everybody involved has shown they want to be involved in the World Cup qualifiers. They are going to be high profile games and players want to be involved.

"The team I pick for the World Cup match with Poland in September will be based on what I see in the Caribbean.

"I get the feeling the players have a growing belief that we are not just going to make up the numbers in the group.

"Northern Ireland fans talk about the glory days of 20 years ago. It is my ambition that in 20 years' time people will be talking fondly about some things we did.

"It is a great opportunity for players to make names for themselves."

NI squad: goalkeepers: Maik Taylor, Michael Ingham; defenders: Chris Baird, Colin Murdock, Stephen Craigan, Mark Williams, Tony Capaldi; midfielders: Keith Gillespie, Steve Jones, Jeff Whitley, Philip Mulryne, Damien Johnson, Tommy Doherty, Stuart Elliott, Danny Sonner; forwards: David Healy, Andy Smith, Gary Hamilton, Paul McVeigh, James Quinn.

Itinerary: 30 May: v Barbados; 2 June: v St Kitts and Nevis; 6 June: v Trinidad and Tobago.

NI manager Lawrie Sanchez
''There will be no guarantees on my team''

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