Alex Bruce called up to the Northern Ireland squad for their clash with Portugal
Hull City defender Alex Bruce has been called up by Northern Ireland for their World Cup qualifier against Portugal.
Last Updated: 05/10/12 1:25pm
The centre-back played for Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level and also featured in two friendly internationals for the first team, but then decided to play for Northern Ireland instead.
Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill has included the 28-year-old in a 24-man squad to take on Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in Porto on October 16.
Bruce was born in England but qualified for both the Republic and Northern Ireland via grandparents, but played for the former in friendlies against Ecuador in 2007 and Poland in 2008.
Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy, who is now back playing competitive football for Bury, has been recalled to the squad along with Peterborough's Grant McCann, who had declined an invitation to join a previous squad under O'Neill.
Northern Ireland squad:
Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Olympiakos), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Falkirk)
Defenders: Aaron Hughes (Fulham), Ryan McGivern (Manchester City), Jonny Evans (Manchester United), Craig Cathcart (Blackpool), Alex Bruce (Hull), James McPake (Hibernian), Joe Dudgeon (Hull)
Midfielders: Chris Baird (Fulham), Steven Davis (Southampton), Grant McCann (Peterborough), Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield), Corry Evans (Hull), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Shane Ferguson (Newcastle), Pat McCourt (Celtic), Josh Carson (Ipswich)
Forwards: Martin Paterson (Burnley), David Healy (Bury), Dean Shiels (Rangers), Kyle Lafferty (FC Sion), Will Grigg (Walsall)