Last Updated: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 18:40
Fulham star Aaron Hughes has reversed his decision to quit international football to make himself available for Northern Ireland again.
The defender had called time on his involvement with the national side last year after his country failure to qualify for Euro 2012.
Hughes hasn't revealed the exact reason for the change of his heart although Nigel Worthington's decision to step down as manager may be a factor.
Worthington resigned as Northern Ireland manager at the end of a poor qualifying campaign after winning just two of his 24 matches in charge.
The former Irish skipper claims he has spoken with Worthington's successor Michael O'Neill and coach Billy McKinley - who he also works with at Fulham - and come to the conclusion that he still has much to offer.
Hughes told the club's official website: "I have thought very carefully over recent weeks about returning to play for the National team, since my decision to retire at the end of the last campaign.
"After speaking with the new manager, Michael O'Neill, and also Billy McKinley, who I'm obviously close to at Fulham, I feel I would like to once again return, and try to help us qualify for the next World Cup.
"I am proud to represent my country and it is my aim to contribute as much as I possibly can for the up coming matches."
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