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DUFFY'S ON BOARD FOR NIGEL.

NORTHERN Ireland boss Nigel Worthington yesterday welcomed Everton defender Shane Duffy into the senior international fold.

Duffy, 17, who hails from Derry, was being courted by the Republic of Ireland last year, before re-committing himself to the north where he has played at all age levels.

Worthington, who named the promising centre-half in his panel to face Italy on June 6, said: "When I heard (of the Republic's interest) I made sure I brought Shane into our Milk Cup squad last summer. I wanted to get to know him, work with him and encourage him.

"In fairness to the lad, he had always been committed to Northern Ireland. He is a very talented player and I'm delighted to have him in this squad. He is only 17, but he is coming along very nicely at Everton."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 21, 2009
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