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Michael O'Neill rewards Linfield striker Lavery with call up to senior squad after European heroics

Northern Ireland forward Shayne Lavery.
Northern Ireland forward Shayne Lavery.

Linfield striker Shayne Lavery has been called into the Northern Ireland senior squad for the forthcoming games against Luxembourg and Germany.

Lavery had been due to join up with Northern Ireland’s U21s for games against Malta and Finland, however Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has instead promoted him to the senior set-up.

Lavery elevation is a reward for his performances with Linfield in Europa League qualifiers.

The young striker scored again in Europe on Thursday night as Linfield narrowly lost out 2-1 to Qarabag in Azerbaijan in the second leg of a Europa League qualifier.

Lavery scored twice for the Blues against the same opposition last week. Linfield won the first leg at Windsor Park 3-2, however last night’s result meant they exited the European stage on the away goals rule.

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