Lafferty and Vokes away on international duty

Last updated : 12 August 2013 By Tony Scholes
Danny Lafferty could win his fifth cap

Northern Ireland face Russia at Windsor Park in two days time in a World Cup qualifier. It was originally scheduled to be played last March but was called off because of heavy snow in Belfast.

Lafferty joins a squad that also includes two former Clarets, his namesake Kyle, now with Palermo, and Huddersfield's Martin Paterson who was seen flying over with his new club team mate Oliver Norwood yesterday.

Should Lafferty play he will win his fifth cap. His last appearance came four days after the Russia postponement when, with the snow cleared, they were beaten 2-0 by Israel in a game also played at Windsor Park.

It's a friendly for Wales against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff and presents Vokes with the opportunity to win a 26th cap for his adopted country. Just six of his appearances so far have been starts but he's come on as a substitute on 19 occasions and scored five goals including two in a 4-1 friendly win against Norway in November 2011.

He faces competition from such as Craig Bellamy and Charlton's Simon Church for a starting place on Wednesday but, like Lafferty, joins up having played all three games so far this season for Burnley and with the confidence of having opened his account with our second at Hillsborough on Saturday.