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LAVERY KEEPS PLACE IN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL SQUAD

Linfield striker Shayne Lavery is one of four attacking options named by Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill ahead of the forthcoming senior internationals against the Netherlands (Oct 10th) and Czech Republic (Oct 14th).

Lavery, with three caps to his name, played a part in the games against Luxembourg and Germany last month and maintained his place in the squad following impressive displays for the Blues in the interim, the highlight of which was a ten-minute hat-trick against Glenavon at the weekend.

The 20-year-old came on for Kyle Lafferty after an hour in the friendly victory over Luxembourg, and followed that up as a late substitution for Conor Washington against the Germans in the Euro 2020 qualifying defeat a few days later.

In addition, former Ballyclare Comrades and Ballymena United defender Michael Smith (now with Hearts) makes his return after missing the September games due to injury. Also called up are ex-Crusaders duo Stuart Dallas and Gavin Whyte, Dungannon Swifts old boys Liam Donnelly and Niall McGinn plus former Cliftonville striker Liam Boyce.

The full squad reads:-

Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Trevor Carson

Defenders: Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Conor Mclaughlin, Jamal Lewis, Michael Smith, Tom Flanagan, Ciaron Brown

Midfielders: Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Corry Evans, Stuart Dallas, Shane Ferguson, Paddy McNair, George Saville, Gavin Whyte, Jordan Thompson, Liam Donnelly, Matthew Kennedy

Forwards: Kyle Lafferty, Liam Boyce, Josh Magennis, Shayne Lavery

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