Local lad and Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for the very first time for the Euro 2016 qualifier away to Romania. McNair made his senior debut for United on 27 September 2014 and has been praised for his performances and especially his composure under pressure. The 19 year old signed for Manchester United in 2011, having impressed club scouts who saw him play for Ballyclare Colts.

McNairs inclusion in the squad to face Romania on 14th November is another amazing stage in his career which has been given a huge kick-start due to the defensive injury crisis at Manchester United.

The Ballymena Today team are really excited to see another local lad doing so well at a professional level. We wish him all the best and every success as he progresses at club and international level.

Trivia: Can you name some of the professional footballers who have played at top club & international level who orginated from the Ballymena area & district?

[Photograph: Michael Mayhew/Sportsphoto – source]