Northern Ireland has been put alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina and Austria in their group.

Northern Ireland UEFA Nations League Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Northern Ireland 1 vs Bosnia-Herzegovina 2

Starting Line-ups

Northern Ireland: 1Peacock-Farrell, McLaughlin, 20Cathcart, Evans, Lewis, Davis, 16 Norwood, Saville, McGinn, 10 Lafferty, 14 Dallas

Bosnia-Herzegovina: 12 Sehic, Besic, 15 Sunjic, 17 Zukanovic, Civic, 21 Saric, 13 Cimirot, 10 Pjanic, Visca, 11 Dzeko, Duljevic

Northern Ireland lost their opening game against Bosnia-Herzegovina by two goals to one.

Grouped alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina and Austria, Northern Ireland have lost Chris Brunt to retirement but they have had a big boost with Will Grigg coming back into the side after a period of time away from the international game.

“Will was unavailable to us because of an injury for a long time, then he had some personal issues and didn’t want to be selected,” said O’Neill.

“I respected that and we kept a close eye on him, but I didn’t bring him away in the summer because he had a long season and didn’t need additional football.”

“Will has made a good start to the season with Wigan, he’s a good boy and we love having him in the squad.”

The Irish begin their UEFA Nations League campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina on the 8th of September.

Chris Brunt has retired from international duty (Getty Images)

The Coach

Michael O’Neill, age 49, (05.07.1969)

O’Neill has been head-coach for Northern Ireland since 2011 and has had mixed success. He started poorly losing to Norway and the Netherlands but in 2016 he guided the side to the round of 16 in the European Championships, where they lost 1-0 to Wales.

Michael O’Neill, manager of Northern Ireland (getty Images)

Northern Ireland UEFA Nations League Group

Northern Ireland are in League B, Group 3 with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Austria.

Northern Ireland UEFA Nations League Fixtures

08/09/2018 Saturday 15:00 B3 Northern Ireland 1 vs Bosnia-Herzegovina 2
12/10/2018 Friday 20:45 B3 Austria vs Northern Ireland
15/10/2018 Monday 20:45 B3 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland
18/11/2018 Sunday 18:00 B3 Northern Ireland vs Austria

Northern Ireland UEFA Nations League Squad

Northern Ireland Nations League squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Michael McGovern (Norwich City); Trevor Carson (Motherwell); Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Leeds)

DEFENDERS: Gareth McAuley (unattached); Aaron Hughes (Heart of Midlothian); Gareth McAuley (unattached); Jonny Evans (Leicester City); Craig Cathcart (Watford); Conor McLaughlin (Millwall); Paddy McNair (Middlesborough); Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian); Jamal Lewis (Norwich City).

MIDFIELDERS: Steven Davis (Southampton); Niall McGinn (Aberdeen); Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United, loan); Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers); Shane Ferguson (Millwall); Stuart Dallas (Leeds); George Saville (Millwall); Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

FORWARDS: Kyle Lafferty (Rangers); Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers); Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest); Conor Washington (QPR); Liam Boyce (Burton Albion); Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic).

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