Doncaster Rovers defender Luke McCullough made his full international debut on Friday night in Northern Ireland’s unfortunate 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in Montevideo.
McCullough started as part of a youthful Northern Ireland side who performed well in the friendly against one of England’s World Cup opponents but fell to a Christian Stuani close range goal in the 62nd minute.
The 20 year old made 13 appearances for Rovers last season, the last of which coming in March in the 2-1 win over Watford, but with Nothern Ireland missing a host of regulars for various reasons, McCullough was one of a number of inexperienced players drafted into the squad and was given the nod to start by boss Michael O’Neill.
Playing as part of a central defensive back three and helped by veteran QPR defender Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird, who spent the latter part of last season at Premier League-bound Burnley, McCullough looked solid coming up against the likes of Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani and former Manchester United front man Diego Forlan, in front of 50,000 fans at the Estadio Centenario.
McCullough, from Portadown, and his Northern Ireland team mates now move to Valparaiso where they will finish their two-match trip to South America by taking on another World Cup finalist, Chile on Wednesday night.