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Newcastle fullback Ferguson happy to commit to Northern Ireland

Newcastle United fullback Shane Ferguson is happy to commit to Northern Ireland.

Ferguson, who has represented Northern Ireland at senior international level, but only in a friendly, has decided to stick with the nation of his birth.

The Derry-born youngster, who played for the Under-21s in their 2-0 defeat by Serbia on Tuesday, told Newcastle's official website, "A lot of stuff was said in the past with people thinking I was going to switch to the Republic of Ireland and in the summer, I had a couple of options.

"I just wanted to take my time and think what I wanted to do, and a lot of people jumped the gun when I wasn't in one of the squads.

"But my heart is with Northern Ireland and always has been. I've represented them since I was a kid and I want to play for them for as long as I can.

"I played for the Under-21s the other day and I was happy to do that.

"It definitely wasn't a decision I wanted to rush into, but a lot of people probably didn't see it that way."

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