Northern Ireland squad: Five East Antrim players named in O’Neill’s 26-man panel

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley has been included in the 26-man panel. Photo: Presseye

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley has been included in the 26-man panel. Photo: Presseye

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East Antrim’s Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Paddy McNair and Corry Evans have been included in Northern Ireland’s 26-man squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Greece and Finland.

Michael O’Neill’s men host the Greeks on October 8 before travelling to Helsinki for the final qualifier on October 11.

Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Notts County), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical).

Defenders: Aaron Hughes (Melbourne City), Chris Baird (Derby County), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United), Lee Hodson (MK Dons), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), Paddy McNair (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Steve Davis (Southampton), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Oliver Norwood (Reading), Paddy McCourt (Luton Town), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool).

Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Norwich), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock), Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic), Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic), Liam Boyce (Ross County).