Michael Duffy ‘shocked’ to get Northern Ireland call-up for World Cup qualifier

Northern Ireland's Michael Duffy

Northern Ireland's Michael Duffy

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Midfielder Michael Duffy admitted he was shocked to get a call up into Northern Ireland’s squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.

The 22-year-old is over the moon that he’s in Michael O’Neill’s squad and concedes he expected to be part of Jim Magilton’s U21 set-up.

Hopefully I can go away, do well in the training or whatever, see what happens and hopefully do enough to get into the next squad and stay there

Michael Duffy

“It was unexpected but I’m delighted to be in the squad,” he said.

“I have got off to a good start at Dundee and I have been playing but it never really came across my mind that I could get picked for the squad.

“I was sitting waiting on an U21’s e-mail for the next but I have been called up to the senior squad and I’m delighted.”

The Celtic man, who is on-loan at Dundee, is hoping Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 feel good factor continues and he concedes that he knows a few of the squad.

“It’s a big campaign for us, especially with how well they have been doing, so it’s great to be involved in it,” he added.

“Hopefully I can go away, do well in the training or whatever, see what happens and hopefully do enough to get into the next squad and stay there.

“Look the group is hard and it’s going to be tough but look how well they did at the Euro’s group, so we are coming into positive anyway.

“I know a few of the boys and I played against Liam Boyce already this year when we played against Ross County, so yeah I know a few of the players and as I said I’m really looking forward to it.”

Duffy joins the likes of Maiden City men - Shane Ferguson, Paddy McCourt and Danny Lafferty - to be involved in a Michael O’Neill squad.

“(Niall) McGinn is also in the squad and that’s good for people either playing for Derry City or from Derry itself that they are getting involved in the squad,” he said.

“I was in the U21 squad whilst I was playing for Derry and obviously there has been a few players in and around both the U21 and senior squads over the last number of years and that’s good to see.”