SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown has expressed his joy at Adam Thompson’s call-up for Northern Ireland.

Thompson will attend a four-day training camp with Michael O’Neill’s men in Manchester later this month.

And Brown was delighted to discover the Shrimpers centre-back had been selected.

“It’s fantastic news for Adam and for the football club as well,” said Brown.

“We’re all really happy for him but he deserves it for the season he’s just had.

“He’s been fantastic for us at the back and I’m really pleased that’s been recognised by Northern Ireland now.”

Thompson - who last played international football in 2011 - will be bidding to stay in the squad for Northern Ireland’s clash with New Zealand at the start of June.

And the call-up came after Brown had been contacted by a member of Northern Ireland’s coaching set-up.

“I got a phone call from one of the coaches, they were aware of Adam and just wanted to find out a few more things about him,” said the Blues boss.

“They were asking about his character, how he had been playing alongside Anton Ferdinand and what the situation was with his contract.

“I gave them positive responses and obviously said we wanted to keep Tommo at the club because of how well he has been playing.

“His form has warranted this inclusion and I would presume they will be doing what England do.

“I think there are about 30 players at the training camp and 25 will be kept on for the game they have in June.

“It would be great if Adam makes the cut because it would be a great experience for him and everyone at the club would like to congratulate him and wish him all the very best.”

Thompson represented Northern Ireland at under 17, under 19 and under 21 level and has also won two senior caps.

However, his last appearance came back in 2011 and Brown feels his recall reflects well on Blues.

“It’s always good to have your players recognised in this way,” said the Shrimpers chief.

“It’s another indication of the progress we’ve been making too.”

Thompson joined Southend - initially on loan from Watford - in August 2013 before making the move permanent the following January.

The centre-back has now made 120 appearances for Blues and is currently in talks about signing a new two year contract at Roots Hall.