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O’Neill names NI squad for Central American friendlies

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has named his 22-man squad for friendlies away to Panama and Costa Rica.

The team will be without captain Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty, and Jamie Ward, while four players who have yet to make their senior debuts have been called up.

Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Crusaders midfielder Gavin Whyte are among the uncapped players to get the nod.

Peacock-Farrell ended the campaign as number one choice at Leeds and has been part of O’Neill’s groups previously without featuring.

Whyte, who is expected to move to an English club this summer, has graduated from the under-21s.

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Meanwhile, Cameron McGeehan has previously played for Northern Ireland at youth level, but has not featured on the international scene since turning down an under-21 call-up three years ago.

Now with Barnsley, he has spent the second half of this campaign on loan with Scunthorpe.

The other uncapped player to join the squad is young goalkeeper Conor Hazard, who is on the books at Celtic.

West Brom’s Jonny Evans will captain the team in Davis’ absence and veteran defenders Gareth McAuley, Aaron Hughes and Craig Cathcart will also travel.

Northern Ireland face Panama on 30 May, before meeting Costa Rica in San José on 3 June.

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