Lomas gets fresh N.I chance
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nigel Worthington has hinted that Steve Lomas could return to the international scene.Nigel Worthington has hinted that Steve Lomas could return to the international scene.
Lomas has not played a competitive game for Northern Ireland for four years, but was called on for the recent friendly against Everton.
The experienced midfielder will be given the chance to earn a place in the squad for upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers.
However, Lomas must first find a new club after being released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season.
Worthington was impressed with the 33-year-old against Everton and will consider recalling him to the Northern Ireland squad in the future.
"He was desperate to play in that game. That was great for me and Roy Millar, who was in charge, to have someone of Steve's experience to call on," Worthington said.
"Perhaps Steve might be in the twilight of his career but I have a lot of time for him as he is a good professional.
"If he gets a club, has a good pre-season, gets fit and does well he will be in the hat."
Meanwhile, Falkirk defender Dean Holden is also in the Northern Ireland fold after performing well against The Toffees.
Manchester-born Holden, who qualifies through his grandparents, is currently uncapped, but Worthington has revealed that could change.
"Dean is new on the scene and had a good steady game against Everton," he added.
"I know of his desire and enthusiasm to be in the squad and push his way into the team.
"As a manager that is the kind of situation you want. The door is not shut on anyone."