Players from across the SPFL have joined stars from the likes of Leeds United and Leicester City in Ian Baraclough’s latest Northern Ireland squad.
A 26-man squad includes the likes of Leeds United defender Stuart Dallas and Leicester City stalwart Jonny Evans, but players from up and down the SPFL also make the cut.
Liam Boyce’s form for Hearts has had him included, although how much he features is unknown as he awaits the birth of his second child. Jambos right-back Michael Smith joins him in the squad while Aberdeen pair Matty Kennedy and Niall McGinn are also included.
Ali McCann makes the squad fresh off his League Cup victory last month with St Johnstone as Kyle Lafferty earns a recall for World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Bulgaria, with a friendly at home to the United States also to play. There’s also past SPFL faces, including former Livingston defender Ciaron Brown, ex-Dons striker Josh Magennis and Hearts former attacker Conor Washington.
Goalkeepers – Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Burnley), Conor Hazard (Celtic), Nathan Gartside (Derry City)
Defenders – Jonathan Evans (Leicester City), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough), Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland), Jamal Lewis (Newcastle United), Daniel Ballard (Blackpool – on loan from Arsenal), Ciaron Brown (Cardiff City)
Midfielders – Steven Davis (Rangers), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), George Saville (Middlesbrough), Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian), Matthew Kennedy (Aberdeen), Jordan Thompson (Stoke City), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Alistair McCann (St Johnstone)
Attackers – Kyle Lafferty (Kilmarnock), Josh Magennis (Hull City), Conor Washington (Charlton Athletic), Liam Boyce (Hearts), Gavin Whyte (Hull City – on loan from Cardiff City), Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley)
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