Football: SAMMY'S SQUAD IS HIT FOR SIX; But boss trusts his stars.SAMMY McIlroy Samuel Baxter "Sammy" McIlroy (b. 2 August 1954, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish former international footballer whose clubs included Manchester United. After playing, he managed several English football teams and the Northern Irish national team. made his first political manoeuvre as Northern Ireland Northern Ireland: see Ireland, Northern.
Part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland occupying the northeastern portion of the island of Ireland. Area: 5,461 sq mi (14,144 sq km). Population (2001): 1,685,267. manager yesterday, distancing himself from the IFA's intention to complain about missing internationals.
His squad has been left depleted de·plete
tr.v. de·plet·ed, de·plet·ing, de·pletes
To decrease the fullness of; use up or empty out.
[Latin d due to injury withdrawals of six players, including Premiership stars Neil Lennon Neil Francis Lennon (born June 25, 1971 in Lurgan, County Armagh) is a professional footballer from Northern Ireland. He is the former captain of Celtic F.C., after leaving the club at the end of the 2006-07 campaign. , Steve Lomas Steve Lomas (born January 18, 1974 in Hanover, Germany) is a Northern Irish professional football player.
Lomas, a midfielder, first made his name with Manchester City in the 1990s but then moved to West Ham United, where he made 227 competitive appearances and became club and Gerry Taggart Gerald "Gerry" Taggart (born October 18, 1970 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) was a professional footballer, currently 1st team coach with Championship side Leicester City. Playing career
Manchester City , ahead of tonight's international against Yugoslavia, and days before the start of the new season.
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Phil Gray was with the squad this week, but was sidelined with a knee injury sustained during a Belfast-based training session.
His absence forced McIlroy to call-up Linfield striker Davy Larmour Davy Larmour (born August 23, 1977 in Dundonald) is a footballer with Crusaders F.C.. He plays as a forward and his attacking pace stuns most defenders around Northern Ireland. , to join what will be one of the youngest squads ever put on display at Windsor Park This article refers to the home ground of the Northern Irish Football Club. For other uses of Windsor Park, see Windsor Park (disambiguation).
Windsor Park is the home ground of the Northern Irish football club, Linfield FC, in Belfast. .
The storm brewing within the IFA, may have calmed somewhat last night after it was informed that Lomas, Lennon and Taggart had all made personal calls to their international boss, assuring him they are genuinely injured and risk missing the start of the Premiership season.
Beating a Yugoslavia side which may resemble only half of that which entertained during the Euro 2000 championships, is not of optimum importance to McIlroy.
This was to be the dress rehearsal for the World Cup qualifying stages which kick-off on September 2 with a opening home debate with Malta.
The most McIlroy can hope for is a confidence injecting boost to fringe players aiming to etch their name onto the manager's select list for the testing group qualifiers.
"I am aware that in some cases there may be pressure on players to play for their clubs ahead of a friendly international, but I'm not certain that this is the case on this occasion," said McIlroy.
"I have had calls from Steve Lomas, Gerry Taggart and Neil Lennon. I know that Peter Kennedy and Paul McKnight are hurt, and in front of my on eyes I watched Phil Gray get injured during a training session.
"I am aware that the IFA is not happy about the withdrawal of the players, and I can understand that the association and the supporters want to see the their top players playing for their country.
"I have spoke with the injured players and they have expressed their hope that we win.
"This is not the ideal preparation for us though. Since I have taken over as manager, we have had four session together and I have yet to see the team I want playing on the pitch.
While there is loss for one man, several can expect to gain at Windsor Park tonight.
McIlroy's team will virtually pick itself and notable appearances are expected from Phil Mulryne, Jeff Whitley, Damien Johnson and Andy Kirk, while Davy Larmour can hope to feature.
The Linfield striker thought he was the butt of a typical club prank yesterday when told to have his boots ready for an international call-up.
The former Liverpool apprentice was contacted while working in Belfast's Royal Mail office and after confirming the news with club secretary Derek Brooks, steadied himself for the reality of the international arena.
Larmour received his elevation to the squad after Burnley striker Phil Gray was forced to return to his club with a knee injury sustained in training.
"I thought one of the lads at the club was taking the mickey, playing a joke on me," said Larmour.
"I was told to get time off work because I was to attend training with the Northern Ireland squad. I didn't believe it, so I called the club and our secretary told me it was true."
Larmour has been an impressive feature in Linfield's pre-season preparations, and will be no stranger to the surrounds of tonight's home international meeting with Yugoslavia should he get a chance to impress.SAM-STRUNG: Northern Ireland boss Sammy McIlroy whose squad has been left depleted