World Cup 2018: Tom Flanagan and Michael Duffy handed

Tom Flanagan and Michael Robottip  Duffy are new faces inside the Northern Ireland squad for the hole World Cup qualifier away to the Czech Republic on 4 September.

Burton Albion defender Flanagan and Celtic midfielder Duffy, who is on mortgage at Dundee, have both impressed for the beneath-21 team.

Wigan striker Will Grigg is unavailable as his partner is watching for an infant Univers Inform.Tom Flanagan gets his chance to impress NI manager Michael O'Neill

Aaron Hughes is likewise absent, with the veteran defender deemed not healthy by supervisor Michael O’Neill.

There’s additionally no vicinity inside the 23-guy squad for veteran goalkeeper Roy Carroll, 38, after his flow from Notts County to Irish League club Linfield, with Hartlepool‘s Trevor Carson drafted in.

Carroll, who has forty-four caps, battled with Michael McGovern for the keeper’s jersey in the course of the Euro 2016 qualifiers but the Norwich participant now seems the man in possession after his remarkable displays inside the finals in France.

Former Newcastle and Fulham participant Hughes, who received his a hundredth cap in France, has signed for Indian Superb League aspect Kerala Blasters.

“He will be again with the squad in October. He’s in Australia and not really worth bringing in for this recreation as He’s no longer suit healthy and training on his very own,” said O’Neill.


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O’Neill had reward for Flanagan and Duffy as he prepares for Northern Ireland’s first game because the Euro 2016 finals in France, wherein his side reached the final sixteen.

“Tom has performed his manner in – He is a player we’ve got acknowledged about for a while thru the U21s and with Luke McCullough injured it is a very good time to usher in a brand new defender,” he said.

“Michael is rewarded for his work with Dundee and he has performed consistently for the U21s – he has constantly made himself to be had for the U21 aspect.”

O’Neill stated Paddy McNair’s switch from Manchester United to Sunderland and speculation linking West Brom‘s Jonny Evans with Arsenal.

“It becomes usually going to be hard for Paddy – it changed into crucial to go to a club in which the supervisor knows him and it is the proper move,” he brought.

Jonny became excellent in France. He can transfer in and out of systems. He’s a pinnacle-degree participant and will play in a pinnacle-4 Most suitable League membership. The hobby from Arsenal doesn’t surprise me.”

Northern Ireland squad:


Michael McGovern (Norwich), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Trevor Carson (Hartlepool)


Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans (both West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Michael Smith (Peterborough), Tom Flanagan (Burton)


Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Wooded area), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Paddy McNair (Sunderland), Michael Duffy (Celtic, on loan at Dundee)


Kyle Lafferty (Norwich), Josh Magennis (Charlton), Conor Washington (QPR), Liam Boyce (Ross County)