Shane Ferguson commits international future to NI
Newcastle United winger Shane Ferguson has committed his international future to Northern Ireland.
Ferguson did not answer a call-up to the senior squad last month and there was speculation that the Derry-born player might switch to the Republic.
However, Ferguson ended those suggestions after lining out for the Northern Ireland Under-21s on Tuesday.
"I've always wanted to play for Northern Ireland and that won't change," said the 20-year-old.
Ferguson has already earned a senior cap in a friendly against Italy two years ago but is not yet tied to the country as it was not a competitive international.
There were strong rumours he intended to follow the likes of Darron Gibson, Shane Duffy, Paul George and James McClean and take advantage of a Fifa ruling by pledging himself to the Republic.
However, it has transpired a personality clash with Worthington was a more likely reason for his absence.
Ferguson lined out of the Northern Ireland Under-21s in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat by Serbia in Coleraine.