Scotland national team prospect James McPake has been called up by Northern Ireland.
The Bellshill-born central defender is included in manager Michael O’Neill’s 24 man squad to face the Netherlands in Amsterdam next month.
Coventry City player McPake, who has captained Hibernian during a loan spell in Edinburgh, qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through his grandfather, also called James.
McPake had recently expressed a hope he would be considered by Scotland boss Craig Levein but after being left out of the Scots’ travelling party to the USA, McPake has been handed a cap chance across the Irish Sea.
Ahead of the Scottish Cup final, McPake had told the Coventry Telegraph that he hope dhis form was enough to impress Levein.
He said: “I was on the verge of a Scotland call-up, which was a massive thing. I would hope to be knocking on the international door again.
“I got close before so there’s no reason why I can’t get close again.”
McPake and Northern Ireland travel to the Amsterdam Arena for the international friendly match on Saturday, June 2.
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