Reading goalkeeper Luke Southwood has been called up for the latest Northern Ireland squad.

Eligible due to his grandmother, Southwood was first called up to play for Northern Ireland in November 2021, however, did not make an appearance for Ian Barraclough’s side.

Burnley's Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Celtic keeper Conor Hazard are the other players fighting for the Northern Ireland number one shirt.

The Oxford born goalkeeper played six times for England youth squads, including being a member of the 2017 FIFA U-20s World Cup squad.

The Green and White Army are due to play Luxembourg and Hungary in international friendlies at the end of March.

Southwood has played 25 times for the Royals this season, taking over as first choice from Rafael.

He has conceded 48 in his starts, keeping three clean sheets.

The Academy graduate now faces tough competition with experienced shot stopper Orjand Nyland joining the club last week.