INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Smith named in Northern Ireland squad

Posh defender Michael Smith has been called into the Northern Ireland squad for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Germany next month.

Thursday, 29th September 2016, 2:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:32 pm
Michael Smith of Peterborough United battles with Scott Laird of Walsall. Picture: Joe Dent

A 24-strong squad has been selected for a home game against San Marino at Windsor Park on October 8 before travelling to play the Germans three days later.

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The only notable absentee is Wigan striker Will Grigg who asked to be left out for personal reasons. The 25 year-old has recently had a child with his partner and that is understood to be the reason behind his request.

Northern Ireland squad: M McGovern (Norwich), A Mannus (St Johnstone), T Carson (Hartlepool), G McAuley, J Evans (both West Brom), C Cathcart (Watford), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood), L Hodson (Rangers), M Smith (Peterborough), T Flanagan (Burton), R McGivern (Shrewsbury Town), S Davis (Southampton), N McGinn (Aberdeen), O Norwood (Brighton), C Evans (Blackburn), J Ward (Nottingham Forest), S Ferguson (Millwall), S Dallas (Leeds), P McNair (Sunderland), M Lund (Rochdale), K Lafferty (Norwich), J Magennis (Charlton), C Washington (QPR), L Boyce (Ross County)