Evans returns to Northern Ireland squad

Jonny Evans has returned to the Northern Ireland squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers next month.

The Manchester United defender was suspended for his side's Group F opener in Hungary earlier this month, a match which Northern Ireland won 2-1 thanks to late goals from Niall McGinn and Kyle Lafferty.

On Tuesday, manager Michael O'Neill included Evans in a 27-man party for their matches against Faroe Islands and Greece.

Paddy McCourt has earned a recall after impressing at Brighton and Hove Albion, while Port Vale's Ryan McGivern is also included.

Meanwhile, O'Neill's assistant, Billy McKinlay, has stepped down from his post after being appointed head coach at Watford.

"I recognise I've got to concentrate my efforts solely on this club role so it is with regret that I'll be stepping down," he said.

"I am very grateful to both the Irish FA and to Michael O'Neill, who I've known since the early part of my playing career, for the opportunity to serve Northern Ireland.

"But there is no question in my mind that my attention must be fully on bringing success to Watford."

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Notts County), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical)

Defenders: Chris Baird (West Brom), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (Manchester United), Aaron Hughes (Brighton and Hove Albion), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), Ryan McGivern (Port Vale), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Chris Brunt (West Brom), Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Steven Davis (Southampton), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United), Paddy McCourt (Brighton and Hove Albion), Oliver Norwood (Reading), Paul Paton (Dundee United), Ben Reeves (MK Dons)
Forwards: Will Grigg (MK Dons), Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Jamie Ward (Derby County).