Date: 2nd November 2016 at 5:06pm
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Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt have been called up by Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill for the coming international break.

The third break of the 2016/17 campaign in November sees Northern Ireland host Azerbaijan in the 2018 World Cup qualifying game, and O’Neill’s side also host Croatia four days later.

Northern Ireland squad

Goalkeepers:
M McGovern (Norwich City), A Mannus (St Johnstone), T Carson (Hartlepool United).

Defenders:
A Hughes (Kerala Blasters), G McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (West Brom), C Brunt (West Brom), R McGivern (Shrewsbury Town), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), L Hodson (Rangers), T Flanagan (Burton Albion).

Midfielder:
S Davis (Southampton), N McGinn (Aberdeen), O Norwood (Brighton), C Evans (Blackburn Rovers), J Ward (Burton Albion), S Ferguson (Millwall), S Dallas (Leeds United), P McNair (Sunderland), P Paton (St Johnstone), M Lund (Rochdale).

Strikers:
K Lafferty (Norwich City), J Magennis (Charlton Athletic), C Washington (QPR), W Grigg (Wigan Athletic).

West Brom’s Brunt returns following his February serious knee injury, but Wigan’s Grigg remains missing through personal reasons.

O’Neill said of their upcoming opponents.

‘With seven points from nine, they have had a good start and not conceded a goal. They are not a team that is going to come and attack us, they will be well-organised and we expect it will be very difficult. When we look at the group, these are the games that we feel will be key leading into where we finish.’

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