Club News

Makenzie makes NI youth squad

20th March 2022

Makenzie Kirk's fine form at Hearts has been rewarded with a first call up to the Northern Ireland U19s. 

The 18-year-old forward, son of Hearts hero Andy Kirk, has been a mainstay for Steven Naismith's side; notching a number of goals in a series of impressive performances for the Wee Jambos.

Makenzie will form part of Gerard Lyttle's squad travelling to Spain to compete in the Football Federations Cup. Northern Ireland leave for Albir on Monday, where they'll square off against Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic in tournament action.

Meanwhile, Craig Gordon will join Steve Clarke's Scotland as he looks to add to his 64 caps in upcoming friendlies against Poland and the loser of the Wales v Austria World Cup play-off semi-final.

Nathaniel Atkinson returns down under to link up with the senior Australia national team for the first time for two World Cup qualifers against Japan and Saudi Arabia.

There's also further international recognition for Connor Smith, who joins Scot Gemmill's Scotland Under-21s squad for a double-header against Turkey and Kazakhstan.