19 year-old Shane Ferguson doesn’t like to talk about it, but its odds on he will soon be playing for Ireland.
Shane Ferguson challenging Torres on Sunday
Shane has one cap for Northern Ireland, and since that was only a friendly against Italy when he was just 17, the rules allow him to switch allegiance, and it seems that’s what he’s thinking of doing.
Ireland have always been a stronger side than Northern Ireland, and even made the World Cup back in 20002 when it was held in South Korea and Japan, when current Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was then the manager, and Shay Given was in goal.
It turns out the 1998 Good Friday Agreement allows those players born in Northern Ireland (Shane was born in Derry, NI), to claim either British or Irish nationality, and current Northern Ireland manager Worthington would like to see that specific rule changed.
“It needs to be more black and white – to put all the indecision to bed once and for all,”
“It’s frustrating and disappointing that a lot of time, energy, commitment and finance goes into these players over a period of years and then when they are 17, 18, 19 or even 20, there is the opportunity for them, because of the ruling, to vacate to another country.
“There is a good production line here and to lose them is disappointing.” “I’ve left voicemails, text messages and made random calls to Shane but at no time did we get a reply.”
A little hint to Nigel – no reply is a reply.
And one way out for Nigel is to play them when they are young, in competitive International games – since that would presumably lock then into having to play for Northern Ireland.
It seems certain that Shane Ferguson will shift his allegiance to Ireland, and from what we’ve seen of this lad at Newcastle this season, the 19 year-old will have a long and successful International career ahead of him – for Ireland.
Shane currently has appeared 8 times for the Newcastle first team, and has always looked the part in black and white, at either left back or out on the left wing.