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McCalmont promoted to Northern Ireland's senior squad

30 August 2021

Shrimps midfielder Alfie McCalmont has been promoted to Northern Ireland's senior squad by manager Ian Baraclough.

The on-loan Leeds United man was originally due to join up with John Schofield’s U21s side for their UEFA U21 Euro qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia respectively. 

McCalmont will now join up with the main squad for their FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying fixtures against, Lithuania, Estonia and Switzerland.

The 21-year-old has impressed in the middle of the park for Stephen Robinson side in recent weeks, and he will now be looking forward to adding to the two caps he has already won for Northern Ireland.

Speaking to the Shrimps media team before departing, McCalmont said: “I’m delighted to be joining up with the national team for the World Cup qualifiers. 

“This is something that I had my sights set on since the start of season, I have been working hard on and off the field and it is nice to see it pay off with a call-up. 

“I was equally delighted that I would have been playing a part in the U21s set up originally, but I am raring to go once again.”

Morecambe boss Stephen Robinson and former Northern Ireland player has praised the youngster, and says he has deserved the recognition that he is getting at the moment. 

Robinson added: “Alfie’s a very good footballer and getting called up to the Northern Ireland set-up at any level is a huge achievement. 

“He deserves the opportunity off the back of a very good opening month for him and the squad as a whole, he is a hard working individual and it is nice to see that work paying off. 

“As a Northern Irishman myself it is great to see him get a call up, I hope he goes on and adds to the two caps he has already.” 

A reminder that we are not in action this weekend against Crewe Alexandra, due to international call-ups from the Shrimps squad. 

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