Rotherham's Kyle Vassell called into Northern Ireland squad
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 08/10/18 12:17pm
Rotherham striker Kyle Vassell has received his first call-up to Northern Ireland's senior squad.
Vassell has been drafted in by manager Michael O'Neill for upcoming UEFA Nations League matches against Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, while Niall McGinn and Jamie Ward have been forced to pull out through injury.
"Rotherham striker Kyle Vassell has been called into the Northern Ireland senior men's international squad for the first time," the Irish FA announced on their official website.
"The 25-year-old qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through his Fermanagh-born grandfather."
Vassell is yet to score for Sky Bet Championship side Rotherham - having joined them from Blackpool in the summer - but was a regular goalscorer for his former club.
He helped Blackpool secure promotion to League One at the end of the 2016/17 season after scoring 13 times in all competitions, before notching another 11 goals in the third-tier last campaign.
Aberdeen winger McGinn has been forced to pull out of the squad due to a hip injury, while striker Ward is not match fit after joining Charlton on loan from Nottingham Forest in September.
Northern Ireland play Austria in Vienna on Friday and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo on October 15.
Updated Northern Ireland squad:
Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern, Trevor Carson, Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Defenders: Aaron Hughes, Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Conor McLaughlin, Paddy McNair, Jamal Lewis, Michael Smith, Tom Flanagan.
Midfielders: Steven Davis, Oliver Norwood, Corry Evans, Shane Ferguson, Stuart Dallas, George Saville, Jordan Jones, Gavin Whyte.
Forwards: Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Liam Boyce, Will Grigg, Kyle Vassell