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Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin and Liam Donnelly of Fulham join Trevor Carson, Luke McCullough and Paul Paton as they look for their first senior outings for their country

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has named five uncapped players in his squad for friendlies against Uruguay and Chile.

The fixtures are set to serve as World Cup warm-up matches for the two South American nations, but O'Neill will use the ties to experiment with new faces.

Portsmouth goalkeeper Trevor Carson has been part of the senior squad in the past, but is yet to win a full cap for his country, while Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin is rewarded for his displays during a loan spell at Barnsley at the back end of the season.

Doncaster Rovers' Luke McCullough and Liam Donnelly of Fulham could also make their first appearances in the Northern Irish back line, while Dundee United's Paul Paton - fresh from suffering a 2-0 defeat to St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup Final - is named among the midfielders.

A host of familiar faces, including Aaron Hughes, Chris Baird and Steven Davis, will be on hand to help their less-experienced team-mates settle into the senior squad.

The team head to South America without Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, West Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt, Palermo's Kyle Lafferty and Hull City's Alex Bruce, who was substituted in the second half of his side's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

O'Neill's charges take on Uruguay in Montevideo on May 30, before travelling to Valparaiso to face Chile on June 4.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Olympiacos), Trevor Carson (Portsmouth), Michael McGovern (Falkirk)

Defenders: Chris Baird (Burnley), Liam Donnelly (Fulham), Aaron Hughes (Queens Park Rangers), Daniel Lafferty (Burnley), Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Steven Davis (Southampton), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United), Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town), Paul Paton (Dundee United), Jonny Steele (New York Red Bulls)

Forwards: Josh Magennis (Aberdeen), Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town), Dean Shiels (Rangers), Jamie Ward (Derby County)

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