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McArdle plays for Northern Ireland

15 October 2013

Bantams defender Rory McArdle won his sixth international cap this Tuesday night as he played for Northern Ireland in Israel.

McArdle featured from the start in Tel Aviv as the Northern Irish came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw in the final match of their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.

Eden Ben Basat gave Israel the opener just before the break but Southampton's Steve Davis equalised for Michael O'Neill's men in the second half.

The starting appearance for McArdle, who played in his favoured centre back position, was his maiden competitive display for Northern Ireland.

McArdle's five previous caps for Northern Ireland have all come in friendlies.

Fellow Bantams defender Carl McHugh was an unused substitute for the Republic of Ireland Under 21s in their 1-0 loss at home to Romania in Sligo this Tuesday afternoon.

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