Germany Calling as Sonner Outshines Gascoigne

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Byline: PETER FERGUSON

DANNY SONNER'S latest impressive performance for revitalised Sheffield Wednesday has put him in line for a surprise role in Northern Ireland's trip to Germany later this month.

Yet, the midfielder was unable to force his way into George Burley's First Division Ipswich and at one time could not even make their reserves.

Sonner grabbed the crucial second goal in a 3-1 win after Middlesbrough threatened to escape with a point.

He said: 'I was harshly treated at Ipswich. For several weeks I was just training, not even playing, and that's hard to take.' Then he was spotted in town after midnight following a night out with friends. He said: 'I was sitting on a wall with my girlfriend on a Saturday night. All of a sudden I was told I'd broken a club curfew and I would have to pay a fine of two weeks' wages. The PFA got it reversed and I was cleared but there was no apology.' Sonner disputed midfield superiority with Paul Gascoigne, who did not reappear for the second half after picking up his 12th booking this term.

But as Sonner, alleged victim of his first-half foul, said: 'It was a normal challenge as far as I was concerned. …