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Northern Ireland call up for Caolan Lavery for European Qualifier

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has named uncapped Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery in his squad for their upcoming matches against Qatar and Romania.

The 22-year-old U21 international, who has impressed back at the Owls after a productive loan spell at Chesterfield earlier this season, has been included in a 28-man group.

Ross County forward Liam Boyce has been rewarded for his recent form with a recall and there is also a place for Cheltenham goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Bolton's London-born winger Liam Feeney has not been included despite recent speculation that he could pledge his allegiance to the country.

O'Neill's men face Qatar in a friendly at Crewe's Gresty Road on May 31 before they take on Group F leaders Romania in a key European Qualifier at Windsor Park on June 13.

Northern Ireland are in a strong position in the group, just a point behind Romania and four points clear of third-placed Hungary after five games.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Carroll (Notts County), McGovern (Hamilton), Carson (Cheltenham)

Defenders: Hughes (Brighton), Baird, McAuley (both West Brom), Evans (Man Utd), Cathcart (Watford), Ferguson (Newcastle), Lafferty (Burnley), McLaughlin (Fleetwood), McCullough (Doncaster), McNair (Man Utd)

Midfielders: Davis (Southampton), Brunt (West Brom), Evans (Blackburn), Norwood (Reading), McCourt (Notts Co), Reeves (MK Dons), Dallas (Brentford)

Forwards: K Lafferty (Rizespor), Magennis (Kilmarnock), McKay (Wigan), Grigg (MK Dons), McGinn (Aberdeen), Ward (Derby), Boyce (Ross Co), Lavery (Sheff Wed)


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  • Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has named uncapped Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery in his squad for their upcoming matches against Qatar and Romania.

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  • Manchester United defender Paddy McNair eager for playing return


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  • Irish FA awaits report into Windsor Park damage


  • Northern Ireland's football bosses are awaiting a report into suspected structural damage to a stand at Windsor Park.

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