Sean Scannell set for Northern Ireland switch

Sean Scannell’s agent has revealed that the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is to have discussions about switching allegiance to Northern Ireland.

The Huddersfield Town winger can play for Northern Ireland due to his father, who is from Armagh, and is also eligible for both Jamaica and England.

Having lined out 10 times for Ireland’s U-21s, Scannell never made an appearance for the senior side, despite featuring in Giovanni Trapattoni’s training camp in Portugal after impressing with Crystal Palace in 2008.

However, the 27-year-old seems to have run out of patience for an Ireland call-up, with Eric Waters telling the Sunday Times that Scannell is due to speak with the Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill about his international future.

“There is genuine interest but nothing has been confirmed as yet about Sean playing for Northern Ireland,” Waters said.

“I’m sure that Sean will look forward to having a conversation when the time is right.”

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