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Brentford attacker Stuart Dallas named in Northern Ireland squad

16 March 2015

Will Grigg also named for two matches this month

Brentford attacker Stuart Dallas has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for two games later this month.

Northern Ireland will face Scotland in a friendly next Wednesday, March 25, before taking on Finland in a UEFA European Championships qualifying fixture on Sunday March 29.

Stuart has been named in the squad for the two matches and he will be joined by Brentford striker Will Grigg, who is on loan at Milton Keynes Dons for the season.

Northern Ireland lost 2-0 to Romania away from home in their last qualifier in November.

It was their first defeat after a fine start to their Group F campaign that saw them win their first three games.

They started the campaign with a 2-1 win in Hungary in September before beating Faroe Islands at home.

They then won 2-0 in Greece in October and sit second in the table, behind Romania

Northern Ireland have nine points and are two ahead of Hungary with Finland three points further back.

The top two in the group will definitely qualify for a place in the finals in France in the summer of 2016.

Stuart has been a regular for The Bees this season, playing 32 games – 20 of them from the start.

He has scored six goals, four of them in 29 Sky Bet Championship games.

Stuart has been with Brentford since the summer of 2012, joining The Bees from IFA Premiership side Crusaders, and signed a new three-year contract in the summer after ending the 2013/14 season in fine form.

He started six of Brentford’s last seven Sky Bet League One games, scoring two goals.

The winger played 21 games for The Bees in all competitions in 2013/14, scoring twice, to add to three goals in 12 games on loan at Northampton Town.

Stuart, who has one cap to his name, has played 63 games for The Bees in all competitions since his arrival, scoring eight goals.

He played for Northern Ireland at Under-23 level against Portugal before making his full international debut as a substitute against Wales in May 2011.

He has also represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level.

Will, who joined The Bees in the summer of 2013 after leaving Walsall, has made five appearances for Northern Ireland, three of which have been since arriving at Griffin Park.

He has also played for Northern Ireland at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

Will played 36 games for Brentford last season, 34 in League One, and scored five league goals.

He has played 40 times for MK Dons and scored 13 goals.

Both Stuart and Will meet up with the Northern Ireland squad on Sunday, March 22, ahead of the matches.

Stuart will be back for Brentford’s West London derby against Fulham on April 3.

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