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Tuesday 01 Oct 2019
U21s manager Ian Baraclough introduces fresh faces for games against Denmark and Romania

Northern Ireland U21s boss Ian Baraclough has rung the changes ahead of Euro qualifiers later this month.

His side began their 2021 U21 Euros qualifying campaign with a home 0-0 draw against Malta and a 1-1 draw with Finland (away) last month.

Next Thursday (10 October) the U21s face Denmark in Aalborg in their third match in Group B, while the following Monday (14 October) they will take on Romania at the Anghel Iordanescu Stadium in Voluntari.

Baraclough’s squad for the two away fixtures features a handful of new faces from the group assembled for September’s matches.

New to the panel are Celtic goalkeeper Liam Hughes, Chelsea defender Sam McClelland, who is stepping up from the U19s, Glenavon defender Jack O’Mahony, Larne defender Sean Graham and Glentoran striker Paul O’Neill.

Manchester United midfielder Ethan Galbraith and Leeds United midfielder Alfie McCalmont, who both made their senior debuts in the friendly against Luxembourg in Belfast last month, are back with the U21s for the matches against Denmark and Romania.

Dropping out of the squad this time around are Southampton keeper Tommy Scott, Notts County defender Pierce Bird, Newcastle Jets full-back Bobby Burns and Glentoran midfielder Chris Gallagher.

Also not included are Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown and Linfield forward Shayne Lavery. Both players featured for the senior squad last month.

See graphic for full squad.