Michael O'Neill at Euro 2016.  (Credit: Al Robinson)

O'Neill names North squad for Norway game
Published: March 12, 2017

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill named his squad last Friday for their upcoming game against Norway in Windsor Park on Sunday 26 March. His namesake Martin O’Neill will name the Republic of Ireland squad on Monday for their Group D game with Austria.


In Group C Northern Ireland sit second in the table five points behind Germany, with the North’s upcoming opponents Norway fifth with just three points.


O’Neill was able to bring Liam Boyce, Roy Carroll, Craig Cathcart and Ryan McLaughlin back into his squad. They all missed last autumn’s Russia 2018 qualifier win against Azerbaijan and the 3-0 friendly home loss to Croatia.


Will Grigg misses out due to a knee issue. Paddy McNair and goalkeeper Trevor Carson are also injured. Meanwhile Millwall midfielder Shane Ferguson is suspended. There is one uncapped player in the squad – the Burton Albion defender Tom Flanagan.




Speaking to irishfa.com after the squad announcement, Michael O’Neill spoke about the opponents his team faces on 26 March. “Norway haven’t had a great start with three defeats and one victory over San Marino [a 4-1 home win].


“I watched the game against the Czech Republic and they dominated a lot of the game although they lost the game 2-1. They come with a new manager, a very experienced manager in Lars Lagerback.


“They come knowing that three points is a necessity for them to try and stay in the qualification campaign. We have to make sure that we are ready for that.”


Michael O’Neill’s men have two wins under their belts in the campaign so far both 4-0 victories at Winsor Park against San Marino and Azerbaijan. They drew away with the Czech Republic and lost 2-0 in Hannover to Germany. They will face the World Champions in Belfast in October.



Northern Ireland squad to play Norway (26 March):


Goalkeepers - Michael McGovern (Norwich City), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Roy Carroll (Linfield)


Defenders - Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), Lee Hodson (Rangers), Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham Athletic), Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion)


Midfielders - Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), Paul Paton (St Johnstone), Matthew Lund (Rochdale)


Forwards - Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City), Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic), Conor Washington (QPR), Liam Boyce (Ross County)               

Leave a Comment

Macdara Ferris

Macdara Ferris is a contributor since 2007 to Hoops Scene (Shamrock Rovers' match day programme) and the co-author of Tallaght Time: Shamrock Rovers 2009 to 2012. He still believes that one day he will see Rovers win the FAI Cup. The first international game he attended was Luxembourg being dispatched 2-1 at Lansdowne Road by Jack Charlton's Ireland team.

He has been a writer with extratime.ie since 2012 covering the League of Ireland, the Irish National team and a few Champions League finals. He has also been known to pop up in far flung places like Ballybofey, Belfast, Berlin and Brazil to report for extratime.

More articles from Macdara Ferris

image description Photographer: Laszlo Geczo

Shaw happy with Hoops hitting European target

by Macdara Ferris on Sun, Oct 15 2017

With results having gone right for the Hoops, Shamrock Rovers have wrapped up European qualification for 2018 with three games ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Albert Thompson

League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- Sligo Rovers

by Macdara Ferris on Thu, Oct 12 2017

There was huge dissappointment for the Hoops on Tuesday night when they lost to Dundalk in extratime in the FAI ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Laszlo Geczo

We're in the playoffs now - let's bring it on: Shane Duffy

by Macdara Ferris on Thu, Oct 12 2017

For the Republic of Ireland, it was a win in Wales manufactured by a Derry trio. Martin O’Neill’s men earned ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Macdara Ferris

Postcard from Cardiff - Pressure win lands playoff prize

by Macdara Ferris on Wed, Oct 11 2017

It was a weekend that for this reporter began in Bristol and after a famous win in Cardiff may now ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Macdara Ferris

O'Neill praises McClean and players' performance as second place and playoff secured

by Macdara Ferris on Tue, Oct 10 2017

Just like he had done away from home in Vienna, Chisinau and now Cardiff, James McClean was on the scoresheet ...... Read more

image description

World Cup Qualifier Report: Wales 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland

by Macdara Ferris on Mon, Oct 09 2017

James McClean was the hero once again for the Republic of Ireland as his goal earned the Boys in Green ...... Read more