Arsenal Under-23s defender Daniel Ballard has been handed a debut call-up for Northern Ireland’s senior squad

Stevenage-born Ballard qualifies for Northern Ireland through his motherBallard, 19, has played four times for Northern Ireland’s Under-21s and is the only new face in the 27-man squad named by Michael O’Neill on Tuesday.

There are also returns for Will Grigg and Conor Washington, who have been missing over recent international breaks.

Grigg returns after missing the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and UEFA Nations League match against Austria in November because of injury.

Washington has not been involved in Northern Ireland’s last four games, with O’Neill in October saying he had requested to be omitted from the squad due to personal reasons.

Northern Ireland squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Conor Hazard

Defenders: Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Conor McLaughlin, Paddy McNair, Jamal Lewis, Tom Flanagan, Daniel Ballard

Midfielders: Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Corry Evans, Shane Ferguson, Stuart Dallas, George Saville, Jordan Jones, Gavin Whyte, Jordan Thompson

Strikers: Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Conor Washington, Liam Boyce, Will Grigg, Paul Smyth

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