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Some excellent news coming out of the club today saying that Aaron Hughes has decided to come out of international retirement. Coming from Belfast I know only too well how good this is for my countrys national team. I sat behind the goal the night that Hughes scored his first goal for his country and I remember my brother saying after the game that, “It’ll be a bad day for Northern Irish football when Hughesy retires!”
His leadership qualities are excellent and they are vital for Micheal O’Neills new building process. He needs players like Hughes to be there to help the younger guys develop as international players. Now all O’Neill has to do is to try and convince youngsters such as James McClean of Sunderland to play for Northern Ireland rather than to opt to play for the Republic.