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Uncapped Washington in line for call up to NI squad

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is considering giving uncapped Peterborough United striker Conor Washington an opportunity to join the Euro 2016 party.

O'Neill has watched the in form Washington on two occasions and has been impressed by his ability in front of goal, so much so that he is in line to be called into the squad for friendlies against Wales and Slovenia in March.

Washington, from Chatham in England and a postman before making it in the professional game, qualifies for Northern Ireland through the grandparent rule.

The 23-year-old has netted 13 times in his last 14 games and is the subject of transfer interest from Birmingham City, Reading, Cardiff City and a few other clubs. Already League One outfit Peterborough have turned down bids for their prolific front man.

Washington's team-mate, right-back Michael Smith, a Northern Ireland under-23 international, is also being monitored by O'Neill, who has 20 of his 23-man squad in his head for the Euro finals with a few spots still up for grabs.

Peterborough boss Graham Westley said: "Conor and Michael are doing all they can to break into the Northern Ireland squad. Both players are in great form."

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