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18 May 2016

Strike duo named in squad for friendly against Belarus.

  • Will Grigg and Billy Mckay named in 28-man Northern Ireland squad.
  • Michael O'Neill's side to face Belarus on Friday 27 May.
  • UEFA European Championship 2016 squad to be announced on Saturday 28 May.

Wigan Athletic strikers Will Grigg and Billy Mckay have been named in Michael O'Neill 28-man Northern Ireland Squad to face Belarus in a friendly at Windsor Park on Friday 27 May ahead of the upcoming 2016 UEFA European Championship finals in France this summer.

Speaking to, O'Neill said:

"We will use the Belarus game to look at our options, our systems and how we play. It's also a chance to look at personnel and to give players opportunities."

Grigg was in sensational goal scoring form at the end of the 2015-16 season, netting 20 goals in 22 matches this calendar year alone, and finishing as Sky Bet League One's top goal scorer with 25 from just 35 starts.

The striker, who has seven Northern Ireland caps, scored a total of 28 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions since joining Latics in the summer of 2015 from Brentford.

Mckay has also been amongst the goals this season, netting 13 times in 38 appearances during his loan spell at Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership.

Northern Ireland's final squad for the tournament will be announced at midday on Saturday 28 May, ahead of their final friendly against Slovakia on Saturday 4 June.  O'Neill's side are in Group C for the tournament, alongside Germany, Poland and Ukraine, with the first fixture set to take place on Sunday 12 June.

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