Forty-five minutes of international football for ex-St Ives Town striker Conor Washington

Conor Washington (front left) in the Northern Ireland team to face Wales last night.

Conor Washington (front left) in the Northern Ireland team to face Wales last night. - Credit: PA

The rapid rise of former St Ives Town striker Conor Washington continued last night.

The strike ace sampled his first taste of international football only three-and-a-half years after he was playing locally in the United Counties League.

Washington played the opening 45 minutes of Northern Ireland’s 1-1 friendly draw against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium after being called dinto the squad for the first time. He qualifies through a grandmother.

The former postman, who now plays for Championship club Queens Park Rangers following a multi-million pound move from Peterborough back in January, could receive a second cap when Northern Ireland host Slovenia in another friendly fixture in Belfast on Easter Monday.