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North in swoop for Rodgers

Published 24/09/2011 | 05:00

SWANSEA boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Northern Ireland's Gerry Armstrong has been in contact with him with a view to convincing his son, Anton, to switch allegiance from the Republic.

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The 18-year-old former Chelsea midfielder currently plays for Brighton and Hove Albion and has represented Ireland at U-17 and U-19 level.

Armstrong is employed by the IFA with the brief of keeping young players who might be tempted to join the likes of Darron Gibson, James McClean and Shane Duffy by throwing their lot in with the Republic.

And it sounds like Armstrong has an ally in the elder Rodgers -- a native of Carnlough -- who will help him try and turn the youngster's head.

"I spoke with Gerry Armstrong recently as I'm a big advocate of Northern Ireland. I want to see Northern Ireland boys play for their country. The reason my son is playing for the Republic is simple -- they asked him, while he was never asked to play for Northern Ireland."

"Northern Ireland is a small country, but we have a lot of talented players -- we just have to look at how we can keep things moving forward."

Irish Independent

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