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Rory misses out

16 October 2012

City defender Rory McArdle unfortunately missed out on being part of Northern Ireland's match-day squad for their shock draw at European giants Portugal this Tuesday night.

On a night when Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo collected his 100th international cap, Northern Ireland earned only the second point of their World Cup qualifier so far thanks to a heroic defensive display at Porto F.C's Dragao Stadium to hold the Portuguese to a 1-1 draw.

McArdle, who was called up into the Northern Ireland squad for the Portugal fixture last week, wasn't even selected on the substitutes' bench, however.

The defender will now return back to Bradford to help City with their preparations for Saturday's npower League 2 home fixture with Cheltenham Town.

In other international-related news, former Bantams youngster Tom Cleverley, who was in the crowd for City's draw with York City last Saturday, was forced to wait a little bit longer to add to his four England caps.

Manchester United midfielder Cleverley was selected in England's starting eleven for their qualifier in Poland this Tuesday but the match had to be moved to Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch in Warsaw.

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