Sheffield United: Oliver Norwood not in Northern Ireland squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

Sheffield United midfielder Oliver Norwood has not been named in the Northern Ireland squad for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for ‘personal reasons.’

Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 12:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 12:08 pm
Oliver Norwood

Norwood has been one of the driving forces behind the excellent season for the Blades, since his arrival from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer, initially on loan.

But he will not be part of the Northern Ireland squad for the qualifers with Estonia and Belarus later this month due to ‘needing a break.’

The Blades will be represented in Michael O’Neill’s squad with striker Conor Washington receiving a call-up.

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O’Neill admits he his disappointed that Norwood will not be available for selection.

The Northern Ireland boss said: “Ollie has asked not to be selected due to a few personal issues at present.

“He feels he needs a wee break from it at this minute in time.

“I’m disappointed he’s not with us but I respect his decision.”