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Northern Ireland call-up for Lavery

Published 21/05/2015

Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery is set for an international chance
Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery is set for an international chance

Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for their upcoming matches against Qatar and Romania.

The 22-year-old Under-21 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 by manager Michael O'Neill.

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 Euro 2016 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.

Northern Ireland squad for games against Qatar and Romania:

R Carroll (Notts County), M McGovern (Hamilton), T Carson (Cheltenham), A Hughes (Brighton), C Baird, G McAuley (both West Brom), J Evans (Man Utd), C Cathcart (Watford), S Ferguson (Newcastle), D Lafferty (Burnley), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood), L McCullough (Doncaster), P McNair (Man Utd), S Davis (Southampton), C Brunt (West Brom), C Evans (Blackburn), O Norwood (Reading), P McCourt (Notts Co), B Reeves (MK Dons), S Dallas (Brentford), K Lafferty (Rizespor), J Magennis (Kilmarnock), B McKay (Wigan), W Grigg (MK Dons), N McGinn (Aberdeen), J Ward (Derby), L Boyce (Ross Co), C Lavery (Sheff Wed).

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