Glenavon shot-stopper Clarke called up to NI training camp

Glenavon shot-stopper Clarke called up to NI training camp

Glenavon's Josh Clarke has been called up to a training camp with the Northern Ireland senior squad.

Michael Scott


Michael Scott


He might only be Glenavon's for a short time, but Josh Clarke has done enough to convince Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough that he is worth another look for his senior team.

The former Bournemouth goalkeeper has been selected for a four-day training camp taking place in England this week, as have local lads Shane Lavery and Oisin Smyth of Blackpool and Oxford United respectively.

He's one of four Irish League representatives in the squad, along with Larne defender Kofi Balmer, Dungannon Swifts midfielder Terry Devlin and the man who put Glenavon to the sword in the European play-off game last week, Glentoran forward Conor McMenamin.

The camp at St George's Park is part of the preparations for four UEFA Nations League fixtures next month. 

Northern Ireland, the top seeds in Group 2 in League C of the 2022-23 edition of the competition, will begin their latest Nations League campaign with a game against second seeds Greece at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Thursday, June 2 (7.45pm).

Baraclough’s team will then play fourth seeds Cyprus away on Sunday, June 5 at the AEK Arena in Larnaca (5pm start UK time) followed by another away fixture against third seeds Kosovo on Thursday, June 9 (7.45pm UK time). That game is being played at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri in Pristina. 

Their fourth and final fixture in June is a home match against Cyprus on Sunday, June 12 (2pm).

The full squad taking part in the camp this week is as follows:

Goalkeepers – Luke Southwood (Reading), Dermot Mee (Manchester United), Josh Clarke (Glenavon). 

Defenders – Ciaron Brown (Oxford United, on loan from Cardiff City), Michael Forbes (West Ham United), Paddy Lane (Fleetwood Town), Shea Charles (Manchester City), Sam McClelland (Chelsea), Brodie Spencer (Huddersfield Town), Sean Stewart (Norwich City), Kofi Balmer (Larne), Ruairi McConville (Brighton and Hove Albion). 

Midfielders – Alistair McCann (Preston North End), Alfie McCalmont (Morecambe, on loan from Leeds United), Oisin Smyth (Oxford United), Caolan Boyd-Munce (Middlesbrough), Terry Devlin (Dungannon Swifts), Barry Baggley (Fleetwood Town), Charlie Allen (Leeds United), Darren Robinson (Derby County). 

Forwards – Conor Washington (Charlton Athletic), Shayne Lavery (Blackpool), Gavin Whyte (Oxford United, on loan from Cardiff City), Dion Charles (Bolton Wanderers), Paul Smyth (Leyton Orient), Conor McMenamin (Glentoran).

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