O'Neill invites Jones and Peacock-Farrell to NI training

Manager O'Neill invited the two players to the training camp. Credit: Press Eye

Michael O’Neill has invited Jordan Jones and Bailey Peacock-Farrell to the Northern Ireland training camp ahead of next month’s matches.

It comes as Conor Washington is set to miss the camp due to his wedding.

Northern Ireland will play a friendly against New Zealand on 2 June before taking on Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifier on 10 June.

Kilmarnock midfielder Jones, who is 22, has been capped for his country at youth level and once pulled out of the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad in the hope of representing England.

Leeds goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell, who is 20, was born in the north-east of England like Jones and made his debut for the club last year in a 1-1 draw against QPR.

QPR striker Washington is unavailable as the 25-year-old is getting married around the time of the qualifier in Baku.

His absence leaves O'Neill with an attacking headache, particularly as Kyle Lafferty has made just one start for club and country since November.

Meanwhile there will be some regulars involved in the first training camp, including Michael McGovern, Conor McLaughlin, Jamie Ward and Lafferty.

Doncaster's Luke McCullough is back in the set-up for the first time since Euro 2016 after a cruciate ligament injury lay-off, while Rochdale's Callum Camps and Southend's Adam Thompson will be among those hoping to impress.

Liam Boyce has staked his claim for a starting berth in Baku after finishing the campaign as the Scottish Premiership's top scorer with 23 goals.

O'Neill watched both him and Jones at Kilmarnock on Saturday when Boyce's double earned Ross County a season-ending 2-1 victory.