Healy dropped by Worthington

Record goalscorer overlooked by Northern Ireland

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David Healy has been dropped from the Northern Ireland squad for a friendly date with Morocco.

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A lack of domestic action over recent years has led to national coach Nigel Worthington overlooking his country's record goalscorer.

Healy's failure to hold down regular games has affected his international showings, and he has gone two years without a goal at that level.

He will, however, be hoping to earn a recall in the not too distant future, with the perfect start made to a one-month loan spell at Doncaster on Saturday as he bagged the winner in a 2-1 victory over Millwall.

For now, though, he will be forced to watch on from afar when Northern Ireland face Morocco at Windsor Park on 17th November.

Vying for starting berths in his absence will be Kyle Lafferty, Warren Feeney and Rory Patterson.

Among the more notable inclusions in the squad, George McCartney, who is on loan at Leeds from Sunderland, returns to the fold for the first time this season while schoolboy Jonny Gorman retains his place.

Northern Ireland squad to face Morocco in a friendly at Windsor Park on 17th November:

Goalkeepers: Taylor (Birmingham), Tuffey (Inverness), Blayney (Linfield)

Defenders: J Evans (Manchester United), Craigan (Motherwell), McCartney (Sunderland), McAuley (Ipswich), Hughes (Fulham), Baird (Fulham)

Midfielders: McCann (Peterborough), Brunt (West Brom), Gorman (Wolves), C Evans (Manchester United), Davis (Rangers), McGinn (Celtic), Clingan (Coventry), McCourt (Celtic)

Forwards: Feeney (Oldham), Lafferty (Rangers), Patterson (Plymouth)