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Northern Ireland call-up for Lavery

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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