Worthy happy with Camp
Nigel Worthington insists he would have no problem about pitching new boy Lee Camp into the side.
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 14/03/11 5:07pm
Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington insists he would have no problem about pitching new boy Lee Camp into the side for the Euro 2012 qualifiers with Serbia and Slovenia later this month.
As revealed by skysports.com last week, Nottingham Forest keeper Camp has won his first call-up to the Northern Ireland squad after receiving clearance from Fifa.
The former England Under 21 keeper qualifies through his grandfather and Worthington is delighted to have Camp on board to add competition to places and fight Maik Taylor and Jonathan Tuffey for the No.1 shirt.
"First off I am delighted to get Lee on board, we are very fortunate to have him," Worthington said.
"I had him on loan when I was at Norwich and I know all about his temperament, his qualities.
"He is an impressive goalkeeper and the last few years he's been even better. He has played a wealth of games and at a very high level.
"He's also a nice age, with Maik at 39 and a couple of young ones in their early 20s.
"If we need Lee to step in it buys the youngsters some time to mature.
"We will have a look at everyone and have a chat but it won't be about individuals, it will be about what suits the game.
"But I've watched Lee two or three times over the last couple of weeks and, having watched him, I'd have no hesitations at all about playing him."
Northern Ireland's record scorer David Healy has retained his place in the squad even though Worthington admitted he was not yet fully happy with the striker's amount of game time since joining Rangers in January.
"David's still not playing as much as I would like - and he would like too - but he's getting more football," added Worthington.
"He's had a start or two, he's come off the bench and he's scored a couple of goals, which is good."
Werder Bremen forward Liam Boyce, who made his debut in the Carling Nations Cup defeat to Scotland last month, keeps his place in the squad and Worthington has been impressed by the 19-year-old.
"Liam's still very, very young but I've been impressed with his energy and quality," continued Worthington.
"He's trained well and showed his quality against Scotland. He's taken his opportunity with both hands."