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Tempest Proud To Make U-21 Squad

23 May 2013

Midfielder Greg Tempest has been called up to the Northern Ireland Under-21s squad for their upcoming fixture with Cyprus.

Tempest, 19, who qualifies for Northern Ireland through his grandfather, former Magpies player Bill Corkhill, initially reported for training at the beginning of the month.

After impressing, the midfielder was named in coach Steve Robinson's 18-man squad for the away trip on 30 May. 

The Academy graduate was delighted with the news and told Magpie Player: "I trained for three days at the training camp and thought that I did quite well.

"I got some good feedback and then I got a text saying that I was in the squad for the game against Cyprus in the European Qualifiers. 

"I was shocked but I didn't want to be too excited so I kept it calm - but, my mum was buzzing. 

"I'm really looking forward to representing Northern Ireland as a football player."

He added: "I'm glad to say that I've come through a scholarship at Notts County and actually been picked up by a country to represent them.

"It means a lot for me and obviously the club and I'm happy that I've done it for the club."

Northern Ireland face Cyprus on Thursday, 30 May – a 6pm kick-off at the Makarion Stadium, Nicosia.

Tempest is the first Academy graduate to receive an international call-up since its reformation in 2008. 

Watch the full interview with Tempest on Magpie Player. 

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