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COLERAINE FC is proud to announce that Jamie McGonigle has been called-up to the Northern Ireland under-21 squad…

The striker – who netted a brace in Monday night’s win over Crusaders – is in line to earn his fourth cap if he is selected by manager Ian Baraclough.

Northern Ireland U21s play Luxembourg U21s on Thursday night before taking on Spain on 11 September in a UEFA EURO qualifier.

The match with Luxembourg is being used as a warm-up to the much more testing encounter with the Spanish, who top Group Two with six wins from as many outings.

They are set to qualify for next year’s Euro finals in Italy, but Northern Ireland still have a chance to make it with a strong finish in their final three games.

While the nine group winners automatically qualify, the four runners-up with the best records enter the play-offs.

Baraclough’s side are in third spot, one point behind Slovakia and three ahead of Iceland, who have a game in hand.

After facing Spain, Northern Ireland travel to Iceland on October 11, with a potentially campaign defining home fixture against Slovakia five days later.

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney wished McGonigle well for the upcoming fixtures.

“It is testament to Jamie that he has once again been called-up to the Northern Ireland under-21 squad,” he said.

“We wish him the best of luck for the week ahead and I’m sure he will gain a lot from the experience.”