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Paterson ends International Exile

15 March 2013

Irish striker leads call-ups

Martin Paterson has ended his self-imposed international exile to be included in the Northern Ireland squad for next week’s World Cup qualifiers.

Paterson, who took the decision to withdraw from the Ireland set-up last October following a series of injury setbacks, goes straight back into Michael O’Neill’s squad for the forthcoming qualifiers against Russia and Israel in Belfast.

He is joined in the squad by fellow Claret Danny Lafferty for the double-header, on Friday March 22 and Tuesday March 26.

Elsewhere, Burnley are well represented over the coming few weeks, with a number of first team and younger players on international duty.

Striker Sam Vokes is in the Wales squad for their two World Cup qualifiers away to Scotland (22/03) and at home to Croatia (26/3).

Winger Dane Richards makes the Jamaican squad for their two qualifiers at home to Panama (22/03) and in Costa Rica (26/3).

Defender David Edgar is included in Canada’s travelling party to Doha in Qatar for two international friendlies against Japan (22/03) and Belarus (26/3).

And on-loan Fulham midfielder Alex Kacaniklic features for Sweden in their World Cup games at home to the Republic of Ireland (22/3), followed by a trip to Slovenia (26/3).

Also on international duty are teenagers Luke Gallagher, who joins an FAI training camp in Gibraltar, and Northern Ireland U17 pair Cameron Dummigan and Conor Mitchell, who face Holland (21/3) and Norway in their U17 tournament.

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