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Czech Republic v Northern Ireland: Squad announced for World Cup qualifier

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has named his squad for the World Cup Qualifier against Czech Republic.

Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg - who has already hit four goals this season - is not in the squad for the away tie with Liam Boyce replacing him.

Grigg has not been selected due to "personal reasons" it was revealed at the press conference.

Explaining the absence Michael O'Neill said the striker's partner is expecting a baby.

Linfield keeper Roy Carroll also misses out.

Tom Flanagan (24) who has played once for Northern Ireland at under-21 level was born in Hammersmith and began his career at ML dons before being released in the summer of 2015.

The 6’4 central defender subsequently signed a deal with Burton Albion and this season has been a regular in the side that are playing in the Championship for the first time in their history.

Michael Duffy, an attacking midfielder, has come up through the youth ranks with Northern Ireland and has seven under-21 caps to his name.

After some impressive performances for his home-town club Derry City, especially in Europe, he earned a dream move to Glasgow Celtic in February 2015.

Although the 22 year-old has yet to make a senior appearance for the Parkhead outfit, he did gain first-team experience last term with Alloa Athletic, while this season he is on-loan at Dundee where he has scored once in his opening six games for the Scottish Premiership side.

The match takes place on Sunday, September 4.

Named in the squad are:

Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern, Alan McMannus, Trevor Carson

Defenders: Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Conor McLaughlin, Lee Hodson, Michael Smith, Tom Flanagan

Midfielders: Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Oliver Norwood, Corry Evans, Jamie Ward, Shane Ferguson, Stuart Dallas, Paddy McNair, Michael Duffy

Strikers: Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Conor Washington, Liam Boyce.

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