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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 16:46 GMT
O'Connor named in NI U21 panel
Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans is in the squad for the Euro 2009 qualifiers
Crewe Alexandra's Michael O'Connor has been included in the Northern Ireland U21 squad for the Euro 2009 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Moldova.

The striker has played for the Republic of Ireland U21 team in non-competitive games but has now opted to switch his allegience to the country of his birth.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is in the panel after missing out on a place in the senior squad.

NI face Luxembourg on 16 November with the Moldova game four days later.

Both matches will be played at Mourneview Park in Lurgan.

O'Connor was born in Belfast and captained Northern Ireland at all youth levels up to U20.

Roy Millar's side suffered a second straight home defeat last month when they were beaten 3-0 by Israel.

N Ireland U21 squad: Tuffey (Partick Thistle), Carson (Sunderland), Kane (Blackburn Rovers), Evans (Manchester United), Taylor (Hearts), Casement (Ipswich Town), McArdle (Rochdale), McVey (Coleraine), Cathcart (Manchester United), Callaghan (Ballymena Utd), Turner (Bohemians), Garrett (Stoke City), Buchanan (Bury), Mulgrew (Linfield), McKenna (Tottenham Hotspur), McCaffrey (Hibernian), Carvill (Wrexham), Stewart (Linfield), Fordyce (Glentoran), O'Connor (Crewe Alexandra), Waterworth (Lisburn Distillery), Ward (Chesterfield).

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