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Conor McLaughlin in Northern Ireland squad for upcoming qualifiers

29 May 2017

Defender Conor McLaughlin has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad once against for their upcoming fixtures against New Zealand and Azerbaijan.

McLaughlin, who has played for Northern Ireland on more than 20 occasions, will be part of the squad for the next two qualification games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C. 

The Town full-back will be playing alongside a few familiar faces from Sky Bet League One, including his brother Ryan who currently plays for Oldham Athletic.

McLaughlin received his first call up to his national side back in October 2011, and made his senior debut the same month in a match against Italy.

The defender has continued to impress the manager of his national side and even managed to get on the score sheet for the first time last November as he nodded one into the back of the net in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification win against Azerbaijan in Belfast.

Michael O’Neill’s side host New Zealand on Friday, and will then spend four days in Turkey ahead of the tie against Azerbaijan on June 10.

Full squad: Roy Carroll (Linfield), Michael McGovern (Norwich), Alan Mannus (St. Johnstone), Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United), Adam Thompson (Southend), Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham), Tom Flanagan (Burton), Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Paul Paton (St. Johnstone), Matthew Lund (Burton), Kyle Lafferty (Unattached), Josh Magennis (Charlton), Liam Boyce (Ross County), Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

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