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Wednesday 02 Jun 2021
Lyttle chooses 22-strong squad for NI U19s training camp

Northern Ireland’s Under-19 men’s team will be put through their paces at a training camp this weekend and early next week ahead of Euro qualifiers in the autumn.

It will be boss Gerard Lyttle’s second U19s camp this year and he has invited along several new faces.

The five-day camp in Belfast, which gets under way on Friday (4 June), may include a friendly on Monday but the game is still to be confirmed.

Newcomers to Lyttle’s 22-strong panel include Warrenpoint Town goalkeeper Stephen McMullan and Northampton Town keeper Dylan Berry.

Dungannon Swifts striker Terry Devlin is also new to the group this time along with Bolton Wanderers forward Rio McEvoy.

Fleetwood Town wing back Jake Wallace has received a call-up as well along with Rotherham United midfielder Ciaran McGuckin. And Huddersfield Town striker Conor Falls is included in the squad, too.

Four of the newcomers - Devlin, Falls, McGuckin and Wallace - have previously played for Northern Ireland at U17 or U18/U16 Schoolboys level.

The U19s are due to face Czech Republic, Denmark and Kazakhstan (Group 13) in a four-team mini tournament in the qualifying round for the next U19 Euros. The games are pencilled in for 6-12 October in the Czech Republic, although match venues have still to be finalised.

The top two in 13 qualifying groups plus the third-placed team with the best record against the leading pair in their section progress to join top seeds Portugal in the elite round, which is due to be played in spring 2022.

Those 28 teams will be drawn into seven groups of four teams. Each group is played in round-robin format and the seven group winners qualify for the final tournament.

Slovakia, who will be hosting the UEFA U19 European Championship finals in the summer of 2022, qualify directly for the finals as hosts.

The Northern Ireland U19s squad for the June training camp features:

Goalkeepers – Stephen McMullan (Warrenpoint Town), Dylan Berry (Northampton Town).

Defenders – Harry Wilson (Fleetwood Town), Lewis Mackinnon (Rangers), Michael Forbes (West Ham United), Shea Charles (Manchester City), Cameron Stewart (Ipswich Town), Sean McAllister (Everton), Brodie Spencer (Huddersfield Town), Dane McCullough (Burnley), Matty Carson (Southampton), Jake Wallace (Fleetwood Town), Bobby Deane (Lincoln City).

Midfielders – Caolan McBride (Aston Villa), Charlie Lindsay (Rangers), Oisin Conaty (Portadown), Jamie McDonnell (Nottingham Forest), Ciaran McGuckin (Rotherham United),

Forwards – Ross McCausland (Rangers), Terry Devlin (Dungannon Swifts), Conor Falls (Huddersfield Town), Rio McEvoy (Bolton Wanderers).