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McLaughlin called up to Northern Ireland squad

22 May 2014

Defender to represent his country against Uruguay and Chile

Fleetwood Town defender Conor McLaughlin has been called-up to the Northern Ireland international squad for their friendlies against Uruguay and Chile.

The 22-year-old, born in Belfast, will link up with Michael O’Neill’s side after the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final against Burton Albion at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

McLaughlin, who has appeared 46 times for the Cod Army this season, won three different accolades at the club’s end-of-season awards night.

He will be part of the squad which faces Uruguay in Montevideo on May 30 before tackling Chile in Valparaiso on June 4.

And Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander believes McLaughlin has earned his call-up.

“He thoroughly deserves it,” said Alexander. 

“He’s had a great season so far. He’s got one more game for us before he relaxes and goes to play for his international side.

“We had interest from the Northern Ireland manager and we were fully behind that because he deserves it and he’s good enough for it.

“It’s an honour for the club to have a current international playing for us. We want to see our players doing well, but he will focus on the game on Monday first.”

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