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Football: PATERSON CAN BE ROY WONDER.

Byline: By MARK McINTOSH

ROY MILLAR says young Scunthorpe striker Martin Paterson is in line for a full international cap.

The 20-year-old Northern Ireland Under-21 ace has scored five goals in seven games this season.

But he has been nursing a persisitent hamstring injury and could not be considered for the squad to face Sweden later this month. Northern Ireland Under-21 manager Millar said only a slice of luck brought him to the Irish FA's attentions.

Former Stoke City hitman Paterson spent time on loan at Grimsby last season where he was seen by Northern Ireland midfielder Ciaran Toner.

Millar explained: "I ask all the Northern Ireland Under-21 players, past and present, to look out for young players who qualify for Northern Ireland and would like to play.

"Ciaran informed me that Martin's father was from Northern Ireland.

"He scored a few goals for Grimsby and got a moved to Scunthorpe in the summer and hasn't looked back. We've had him in our under-21s on a number of occasions, but his hamstring injury has stopped him playing more.

"I have no doubt he would have been pushing for a place in the senior squad already, had he been able to play more."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 7, 2007
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