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Shayne Lavery among four Irish League stars in Northern Ireland U21 panel as two new players called up

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

There are two new names in the Northern Ireland Under 21 squad while four Irish League players have been called up by manager Ian Baraclough.

Southampton goalkeeper Tommy Scott and Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown, both English-born, have been brought into the panel for the upcoming UEFA U21 Championship qualifiers, at home to Malta (Friday, September 6 - Ballymena Showgrounds) and away to Finland (Tuesday, September 10).

Scott joined Saints from Yeovil Town, where he appeared on the bench four times in League Two last term, earlier this month while Brown spent time on loan at Livingston last season. The 21-year-old made almost 50 senior appearances for Wealdstone before joining Cardiff in January last year.

Neither player has previously represented Northern Ireland at any level.

Also in the panel are Manchester United midfielder Ethan Galbraith and Hearts defender Bobby Burns.

Derry City duo Eoin Toal and David Parkhouse are included, as are four players from the Irish League.

Linfield striker Shayne Lavery, who has now scored five goals in his last four games, is named as one of three forward options with Glentoran's Chris Gallagher included along with defensive duo Caolan Marron (Glenavon) and Kofi Balmer (Ballymena United).

Northern Ireland U21 squad

Goalkeepers: Conor Hazard (Celtic), Tommy Scott (Southampton)

Defenders: Caolan Marron (Glenavon), Kofi Balmer (Ballymena United), Eoin Toal (Derry City), Pierce Bird (Notts County), Ciaron Brown (Cardiff City), Lewis Thompson (Blackburn Rovers), Bobby Burns (Hearts)

Midfielders: Cameron Palmer (Partick Thistle*), Alfie McCalmont (Leeds United), Kyle McClean (St Johnstone), Jake Dunwoody (Stoke City), Ethan Galbraith (Manchester United), Chris Gallagher (Glentoran), Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle), Caolan Boyd-Munce (Birmingham City)

Forwards: Shayne Lavery (Linfield), David Parkhouse (Derry City), Lewis McCann (Dunfermline)

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