ALTHOUGH Conor McLaughlin made the right-back spot his own during the EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, he actually made his debut in what was Nigel Worthington’s last game in charge way back in 2011.
McLaughlin was capped for the first time in a 3-0 EURO 2012 qualifying defeat to Italy in October of that year when he came on as a late replacement for Oliver Norwood.
It was nearly three years though before he gained further International recognition when he played in both games of the South American tour of 2014.
When the qualifying games began for EURO 2016 Michael O’Neill kept faith in the Fleetwood Town defender starting him in the opening match against Hungary and as they say, the rest is history!
The attacking full-back began his club career as a trainee with Preston North End going on to make 28 appearances for the Lancashire outfit before joining his current employers Fleetwood Town in July 2012.
One of the most accomplished defenders outside the Premier League and Championship, McLaughlin won many admirers for his performances during the qualifiers.
Conor has played in the same full International team as his younger brother Ryan on two occasions, versus Uruguay and Chile in 2014.
In July 2017 he signed a two-year deal with newly promoted Championship outfit Millwall.
After being released by Millwall at the end of the 2018/19 season Conor signed a two-year deal with League One outfit Sunderland.
|DOB||26th July 1991|
|Place of Birth||Belfast|
|Height||6’0 / 1.83m|
|Weight||11.03 / 71kg|
|Debut||11th Oct 2011 v Italy (a) (lost 0-3)|
Senior International Stats
FIFA World Cup Qualifying Stats