Glenavon's Under-21 International Mark Sykes scores against Coleraine last Saturday ©INPHO/Philip McGowan

PREMIERSHIP TRIO IN UNDER-21 SQUAD FOR QUALIFIER

Danske Bank Premiership trio Mark Sykes (Glenavon), Jamie McGonigle and Ciaron Harkin (both Coleraine) have all retained their place in the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad for this week’s European qualifier against Albania.

All three players have been regulars in manager Ian Barraclough’s squads during a campaign that has produced three wins from their opening four games to top the qualifying group which also includes Spain.

All three players met on the pitch last Saturday as the top two met at Mourneview Park in the Danske Bank Premiership with both Sykes and McGonigle scoring for their respective teams as the points were shared.

Northern Ireland Under-21's face Albania Under-21's in Tirana on Friday afternoon (kick-off 4pm)

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