Northern Ireland hero David Healy takes up youth role

David Healy

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Northern Ireland’s record scorer David Healy is set to return to the international set-up by helping develop youth players.

The former Leeds and Fulham striker netted 36 goals for Northern Ireland before his retirement in December.

“Hopefully in the next couple of years I’m going to be working with the Victory Shield squad and developing young players,” said Healy.

“Hopefully they can go on and do what I did, and represent their country.”

Healy was asked to join the Northern Ireland youth set-up after talks with senior boss Michael O’Neill.

The 34-year-old scored twice on his Northern Ireland debut in 2000 against Luxembourg.

Without doubt, his most famous goal came in 2005, firing past Paul Robinson to secure a 1-0 win over England in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

Healy scored a record 13 goals in the 2008 Euro qualifiers while his 95th and final game was against Israel in March last year.