Worthington gives Port Vale player N. Ireland call-up

Northern Ireland have called up Port Vale forward Andrew Little for Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Estonia and the clash with Italy four days later.

Northern Ireland have called up Port Vale forward Andrew Little for Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Estonia and the clash with Italy four days later.

Little, who is playing for the npower League Two side on loan from Rangers, is the second player to be added to Nigel Worthington’s squad as injury cover after Preston’s Conor McLaughlin was summoned yesterday.

News of the versatile 22-year-old’s call-up was announced on Vale’s official website and confirmed by a posting on the player’s Twitter feed which read: “Just been called into the Northern Ireland squad for the Euro qualifiers. En route to Manchester Airport now for flight to Belfast. Buzzing!”

The Irish Football Association went on to confirm that Scunthorpe midfielder Oliver Norwood, who is on loan from Manchester United, has also been added to the squad.

Captain Aaron Hughes was yesterday ruled out for what would have been his final appearances for the national side, while strikers Jamie Ward (hamstring) and Josh McQuoid have also withdrawn.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is doubtful with an ankle problem but he has yet to be ruled out.

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