Euro 2016: Kyle Lafferty in Michael O'Neill's squad for qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Hungary
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has announced his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Hungary.
Kyle Lafferty, who has scored five goals in the six Group F Euro qualifiers to date, was not included in Norwich's squad for their Capital Cup victory at Rotherham last night but was named in the Northern Ireland squad today for the September clashes which will go a long way to determining if Michael O'Neill's side make it to next year's finals in France.
West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt has also been included in O'Neill's squad despite limping off after 14 minutes in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup clash against Port Vale with a hamstring problem.
O'Neill has also handed a call-up to Nottingham Forest striker Jamie Ward. There were concerns a hamstring injury earlier this month would force him out of the crunch Group F fixtures.
Jonny Evans, out of favour at Manchester United, has also been included. West Brom and Everton are both said to be interested in signing the defender who has yet to play for Louis van Gaal's side this season.
Northern Ireland squad to face the Faroe Islands and Hungary:
Carroll, Mannus, McGovern, Hughes, Baird, McAuley, J Evans, Cathcart, Ferguson, Hodson, McLaughlin, McNair, Davis, Brunt, C Evans, Norwood, McCourt, Dallas, Reeves, Lafferty, McGinn, Ward, Magennis, Grigg, Boyce, Lavery.
NI SQUAD for Euro 2016 double header...no surprises...Ward..Lafferty...Brunt..Evans all in as is Liam Boyce... pic.twitter.com/Zw6ISd7AM0— Steven Beacom (@StevenBeacom5) August 26, 2015
Michael O'Neill admits Jamie Ward, Chris Brunt & Shane Ferguson are doubts for Euro games and will be assessed on Monday at training camp— Steven Beacom (@StevenBeacom5) August 26, 2015