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King can't wait to see potential of Dixon

TERRY DIXON is in line to win his third Ireland U21 cap against Liechtenstein tomorrow -- more than five years after he played his first game at U21 level.

Ireland take on Liechtenstein in the snow of Eschen tomorrow in the third game of their European Championship qualifying group, but manager Noel King has been forced to change his plans, with three withdrawals from the original squad, leading to a recall for Dixon.

The striker was front-page news when Steve Staunton put Dixon, then just 16, in the senior Ireland squad for a friendly with Chile in May 2006 and in September of that year Dixon won his first U21 cap in a 1-0 defeat by Belgium, as a late sub for Stephen Ward.

Dixon's club career has not progressed since then due to injury and he's played just one game of league football, with Stevenage last season.

He joined non-league Halifax Town from Bradford City this season but King feels that Dixon still has something to offer at international level.

"Terry has been playing away with Halifax, he played five full games with Halifax and showed glimpses of his old self," says King. "Everybody knows the potential Terry showed when he was younger.

"I'm very glad to see him back to full fitness and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"It's also pleasing to have Greg Cunningham in the squad for the first time. It's been great to see him return to fitness and after showing what he can do with the senior international team I'm sure he'll a great asset."