Shay McCartan has been called up to a training camp with the full Northern Ireland squad and says it’s the ‘best feeling ever.’
McCartan, the SkyBet League Two Player of the Month for March, received a text inviting him to a training camp in Manchester from 22-25th May and, after this, the squad will be announced for an international friendly at home to New Zealand on June 2nd and a World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on June 10th.
“I am delighted,” said McCartan, who has been a stand out player for the Reds in the second half of the season as they went on a run which took them to the fringes of the play-offs.
“I got a phone call from my agent telling me to expect a text and it’s one of the best texts I have had, it’s the best feeling ever.
“I have come through from Under 16s through to seniors but this is massive. It’s a training camp where I will be among Premier League and Championship players and, even though I am in League Two, it’s superb that I have been noticed.
“It will mean I miss holidays but it’s worth it as to get a full international call-up is a huge achievement.
“The standard will be really high, it will be a lot faster but I have got to try and make an impression. I can’t wait.”