WORLD CUP: Cathcart back in Northern Ireland squad for key Norway clash

Michael O'Neill at the Northern Ireland squad press conference ahead of the Norway clash. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Michael O'Neill at the Northern Ireland squad press conference ahead of the Norway clash. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has highlighted the Norway match as a key fixture in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Norway arrive at the National Stadium on Sunday, March 26 and victory for Northern Ireland would open up a seven-point gap between the sides in the group standings.

One key return for O’Neill is Craig Cathcart - one of the EURO 2016 heroes - following long-term injury.

The full squad is as follows: Roy Carroll, Michael McGovern, Alan Mannus, Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, Craig Cathcart, Conor McLaughlin, Lee Hodgson, Ryan McLaughlin, Tom Flanagan, Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Oliver Norwood, Corry Evans, Jamie Ward, Stuart Dallas, Paul Paton, Matthew Lund, Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Conor Washington, Liam Boyce.