Craigan wins NI skipper role

Well stopper to celebrate 50th cap milestone with captaincy

Craigan: To captain NI

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Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan will captain Northern Ireland against Slovenia on Friday as he notches up his 50th cap.

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The 33-year-old, who has become a regular fixture in Nigel Worthington's team since his international debut in February 2003, will be wearing the armband for the fourth successive time.

Fulham stopper Aaron Hughes has stepped aside as captain for the Euro 2012 qualifying clash, and Northern Ireland boss Worthington is thrilled Craigan will be celebrating the milestone as skipper.

"Stephen will get his 50th and I am delighted for him," said Worthington.

"I have left him and Aaron to sort out the captain's armband but I think I know where it is going. He fully deserves it as well.

"Aaron has been outstanding when it comes to something like this. It is the sign of a good leader.

"I have known Stephen for the last three years and what you get from him is a solid performance.

"He is always there. He is a terrific servant, a fantastic professional and great to have around the group."