BBC Sport football

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 23:20 GMT, Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Northern Ireland boss Worthington upbeat despite defeat

Gareth McAuley rises above Scotland's Kenny Miller to head clear
Gareth McAuley rises above Scotland's Kenny Miller to head clear

Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington believes positives can be taken from the 3-0 defeat by Scotland in Dublin.

"There were 10 players missing and that lets you see other players, and I thought the younger lads did very well," said Worthington.

"We're disappointed with the defeat and the display but you learn, you never stop. It is a worthwhile exercise.

"There were some situations where players maybe didn't want to get hurt, from the club point of view."

Worthington's side, hampered by withdrawals and unavailability of players, were overpowered by Scotland in the Carling Nations Cup opener at the Aviva Stadium.

His focus is now on next month's Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia.

He added: "Credit to Scotland - they did what we normally do and we'll be looking to do that in Serbia.

He has tried to contact me a few times since but I have not accepted the calls because he doesn't want to play for his country.
Nigel Worthington

"They got tackles in, closed down quickly and broke quickly."

Meanwhile, Worthington has revealed that George McCartney sent a text message to one of his coaching staff to inform them of his decision to retire from international football.

Worthington, who coaxed McCartney out of international retirement in 2007, has been irritated by the timing and manner of the development but quickly wants to move on.

"George McCartney sent a text message to one of my coaching staff to say he no longer wished to play international football.

"At some stage someone must have had a word with him to say it might be a good idea to speak to me, so I got a call from him on Monday morning.

"That was the end of it. He has tried to contact me a few times since but I have not accepted the calls because he doesn't want to play for his country.

"That is his decision and as far as I am concerned the matter is closed."



Print Sponsor


see also
Scotland 3-0 Northern Ireland
09 Feb 11 |  Irish
McCartney retirement blow for NI
08 Feb 11 |  Irish
Healy joins Gers from Sunderland
30 Jan 11 |  Rangers
Watford youngster signs pro deal
23 Nov 10 |  Watford
Northern Ireland 1-1 Morocco
17 Nov 10 |  Football
Healy left out of N Ireland squad
08 Nov 10 |  Football
Boyce makes 'dream' Bremen switch
01 Sep 10 |  Irish
McCartney glad to be back in fold
22 Jun 07 |  Internationals
McCartney rules out return for NI
26 Oct 06 |  Internationals


related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.