McAuley returns to Northern Ireland Squad

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Michael O'Neill named his squad ahead of Northern Ireland's final two World Cup Qualifiers

By Richard O'Reilly

Defender Gareth McAuley is back in the Northern Ireland squad ahead of their final two World Cup Qualifiers.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has recalled McAuley after the West Brom man missed last month's wins over San Marino and Czech Republic because of injury.

Uncapped players Jordan Jones and George Saville have been handed their first call-ups.

Northern Ireland take on Gemany on 5th October, before travelling to Oslo to take on Norway that weekend.

Michael O'Neill looks ahead to Northern Ireland's upcoming World Cup Qualifiers

Germany, just need to avoid defeat at Windsor Park to secure top spot in Group C and World Cup qualification.

Northern Ireland are currently guaranteed of at least second place in the group.

As it stands, Michael O'Neill's men would enter the playoffs in November as one of the best runners-up.

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