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Roker Roundup: Striker set for call up, while a former SAFC skipper gets a new coaching gig

Ross Stewart’s getting tongues wagging north of the border.

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Stewart in line for international call?

In-form Sunderland striker Ross Stewart could be in line for an international call up, with reports suggesting that he has been added to manager Steve Clarke’s scouting targets.

Lee Johnson had mentioned the possibility of a call up for Stewart recently, citing the big striker’s form:

They have definitely watched him, I know that, as they would with all Scottish-born players.

I would think he would have to be in that next band of players to consider, just by virtue of his form.

It’s not just his four goals, but also his general all-round play which would be an asset to any team playing at any level. He’s done really well, we’re really pleased with him.

In the end, that type of stuff [international call-ups] comes if you keep on making the right decisions, keep training well, and keep on showing the right attitude.

Now the Daily Record claim that Clarke has added the 25-year-old to his list of scouting targets as he looks to add to his squad ahead of the next international break.

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McCartney links up with Healy

Former Sunderland defender George McCartney has joined the coaching staff of NIFL Premiership side Linfield.

Ringo will link up with another ex-Black Cat as his fellow former Northern Ireland international David Healy is the manager of the Blues.

Speaking to the club’s website, Healy was pleased to welcome McCartney to the club and explained how he has already made a positive contribution to the first team squad:

I’m pleased to be able to advise our supporters that George McCartney has joined our coaching / backroom staff.

George has been with us for several weeks and he’s fitted in well and made a positive contribution behind the scenes and on the training pitch.

George has a wealth of experience from his playing days with Sunderland and West Ham as well as the senior international squad.

I’d like to welcome him as a new coach to the first team squad and I look forward to continuing to work with him as we aim to bring further success to the club.

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