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Football: Tommy won't B playing.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday defender Ian Nolan and veteran keeper Tommy Wright have failed to make the Northern Ireland B squad for the February 9 friendly with Wales in Wrexham.

Nolan, who has returned to reserve team action at Hillsborough since breaking his leg last year, has not been included by the management team of Lawrie McMememy, Joe Jordan and Pat Jennings.

Tomy Wright has been edged out by the in-form Roy Carroll and Aidan Davidson, while Fulham keeper Maik Taylor is to start in the game.

Glentoran's Rory Hamill and Linfield's Glenn Ferguson are the only two local players to have received B International caps .

Surprisingly seasoned professionals Kingsley Black and Michael O'Neill are included. Neither player is likely to win senior caps in the near future.

Central defender Barry Hunter is back in international recognition and could land a role in March's Euro 2000 Championship qualifier against Germany at Windsor Park.

Sheffield Wednesday's Danny Sonner wins his first Northern Ireland cap and Blackburn's talented winger Damien Johnson adds his debut B cap to five U21 appearances.

Manchester United youngster David Healy joins former Old Trafford defender Pat McGibbon.

Glentoran manager Roy Coyle said he was "only too delighted to have Rory Hamill'' in the B squad. He would make no comment on the absence of others from his young side which currently leads the Irish League.

Certainly, promising forwards Andy Kirk and Stuart Elliot deserve recognition over Black and O'Neill.

Linfield striker Glenn Ferguson joins Rory Hamill.

SQUAD: Maik Taylor (GK), Roy Carroll (GK), Aidan Davidson (GK), Danny Griffen, Barry Hunter, Pat McGibbon, Colin Murdoch, Mark Williams, Brian McGlinchey, Danny Sonner, Gary Holt, Jim Whitley, Jeff Whitley, Damien Johnson, Michael O'Neill, Aidrian Coote, Steve Robinson, David Healy, Kingsley Black, Glenn Ferguson, Rory Hamill.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 27, 1999
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