european qualifying

Northern Ireland hand recall to McCourt

September 29, 2009

Celtic midfielder Pat McCourt has been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on October 14.

McCourt has been rewarded by manager Nigel Worthington for a spell of good form which has seen him score twice for his club in the past week.

He followed his goal against Falkirk in Co-operative Cup by finding the target in the victory over St Mirren at the weekend.

Striker Warren Feeney makes a welcome return following a hip injury as Martin Paterson is sidelined with a knee problem.

Rangers duo Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty are both included even though they have been suffering from flu and a knee injury.

Northern Ireland need a victory in Prague in their final qualifier to have any chance of making the play-offs.

Taylor (Birmingham), Mannus (Shamrock), Tuffey (Partick); Craigan (Motherwell), Hughes (Fulham), McAuley (Ipswich), Baird (Fulham), Evans (Man Utd), McCartney (Sunderland), Coates (Crusaders); McCann (Scunthorpe), Brunt (West Brom), McGinn (Celtic), Clingan (Coventry), Johnson (Birmingham), Davis (Rangers), McCourt (Celtic); Healy (Sunderland), Little (Rangers), Lafferty (Rangers), Feeney (Cardiff).