Manchester United’s McNair delighted with Northern Ireland call

Ballyclare's Paddy McNair, seen here playing for Northern Ireland Under-21s. Photo: Presseye
Ballyclare's Paddy McNair, seen here playing for Northern Ireland Under-21s. Photo: Presseye
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Manchester United starlet Paddy McNair has spoken of his happiness at being called up for Northern Ireland’s senior international squad.

Earlier this week, the teenage defender was named in Michael O’Neill’s 25-man panel for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier away to Romania (Nov. 14).

Speaking to ManUtd.com, he said: “When I was growing up, I always aimed to play for my country. Obviously, as I’ve been playing for United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, I did hope I would receive the call.

“I’m really happy to get called up. I could have been involved last month for the Faroe Islands and Greece games, so it’s great I’ve been recalled to join the squad for Romania.”

With three wins from three, Northern Ireland have made a blistering start to the campaign and lead the way in Group F.

McNair, a former pupil at Ballyclare Secondary School, said he wants to play as many games as he can for the Old Trafford club, and added: “Hopefully, I can break into the Northern Ireland team when I go. I do know a few of the lads - Corry Evans and Luke McCullough from United, of course. I know some others from the Under-21s, so I am looking forward to it.”