Schoolboy Gorman set for NI debut

The Sheffield-born Wolves midfielder, given leave from his A-level

studies to go on tour, is set for his first cap at the age of 17 on

the left side of a five-man midfield named by the Northern Ireland

manager for the game in Connecticut on Wednesday. “He captures

people’s imagination because he’s so young, he’s at Repton School

in England and he’s a very bright boy,” Worthington said. “I’ve

watched him a couple of times in practice sessions prior to this

tour and he’s caught my eye so I thought it was an ideal

opportunity to bring him along and work with him closely. “He’s

done nicely the couple of days we’ve been here and I’ve no qualms

about putting him in.” Worthington will also hand debuts to

Linfield’s goalkeeper Alan Blayney and midfielders Robert Garrett

and Jamie Mulgrew as well as Portadown’s Kevin Braniff. Motherwell

centre back Stephen Craigan will captain the side on his 47th

international appearance with Worthington also declaring all 17

squad members would be given a run in the Connecticut afternoon

heat. “If you look at the group that’s here, it’s split in three,”

Worthington said. “There’s a group of young ones, there’s a group

of Irish League players and then you’ve got some of your normal,

senior squad. “So it’s a case of blooding some of the young ones,

giving them some experience; it’s a great opportunity for the Irish

League players who’ve done very well for their clubs throughout the

season and playing against Turkey tomorrow, it’s a great game.”

Northern Ireland: A Blayney (Linfield), A Little (Rangers), R

McGivern (Manchester City), G McAuley (Ipswich Town), S Craigan

(Motherwell) – captain; R Garrett (Linfield), C Evans (Manchester

United), K Braniff (Portadown), J Mulgrew (Linfield), J Gorman

(Wolverhampton); R Patterson (Coleraine) Substitutes: M McGovern

(Ross County), C Coates (Crusaders), R McArdle (Rochdale), M Bryan

(Watford), J Magennis (Cardiff City), W Feeney (Cardiff City), J

Lawrie (Port Vale).