O'Neill hoping McPake starts trend

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Scotland-born James McPake is set to make his Northern Ireland debut against Holland, with manager Michael O'Neill hoping to persuade up to half a dozen players to follow his example.

Coventry defender McPake, who ended last season captaining Hibernian during a loan spell, is with the Northern Ireland squad for the first time in Amsterdam this week after switching his allegiance earlier this year.

He qualifies by virtue of his grandfather and O'Neill, in a bid to expand the squad, has been busily investigating other players who may be eligible for Northern Ireland duty. "There are up to half a dozen players I've spoken to who have yet to make that commitment. They haven't said no but they haven't committed yet," he said.

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