Thursday 19 October 2017

Dixon granted recall to U-21s three years after debut

Neil Ahern

THE incredible comeback story of Terry Dixon continued yesterday with the news that he has been recalled to Don Givens' Ireland U-21 side three years after making his debut at this level.

The English-born striker was called up to the senior squad by Steve Staunton for a friendly against Chile in 2006 at the age of 16. But he was forced to consider retirement after being released by Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 due to injury problems, only to sign for West Ham in February last year.

And now the 20-year-old looks set for a return to an Irish shirt after he received the call-up yesterday for Ireland's upcoming friendly against Armenia.

"I have watched Terry at West Ham and he seems to be beginning to show the sort of form that made him stand out so much before his injuries," said Givens yesterday.

"He has been terribly unfortunate over the last few years, but he seems to be putting that behind him now. There is no doubt that he is a great talent. He was out of the game for a long time but it is great to see him back playing and I'm really looking forward to having him involved."

Injury to rule Black Cat Reid out for four weeks

ANDY Reid's season took a turn for the worse yesterday after Sunderland announced that he will be out for at least four weeks due to a hamstring injury.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury in the Black Cats' last league match, a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth, and is now expected to miss games against Arsenal, Fulham, Aston Villa, Bolton and Manchester City.

Reid suffered a hamstring injury before Christmas that kept him out for a similar lengthy of time, after which he has failed to play a full 90 minutes for Steve Bruce's side.

Irish Independent

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