Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star poised for Northern Ireland call-up

Owls striker Caolan Lavery
Owls striker Caolan Lavery

Owls striker Caolan Lavery is expected to be named in the Northern Ireland squad when it is announced later this week, The Star understands.

It will be the second time the 22-year-old, who is yet to win a cap at senior level, has been selected in Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill’s squad.

Twelve months ago, Lavery was set to be part of O’Neill’s plans for their away friendlies against Uruguay and Chile but his brother’s wedding ruled him out of the South America trip.

However, Lavery, who started all of Wednesday’s final seven Championship fixtures after returning from a productive loan spell at Chesterfield, is in line to make his international debut at the end of the month.

Ireland take on Qatar in an International Challenge Match at Crewe’s Gresty Road on Sunday, May 31 before hosting Romania in a key European 2016 qualifier on Saturday June 13.

Fellow Owls striker Stevie May has been left out of the Scotland squad ahead of their double-header against Qatar and the Republic of Ireland next month.

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