Date: 1st June 2016 at 6:51pm
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Millwall winger Craig Ferguson has made Michael O’Neill’s final 23 man Northern Ireland squad for this summer’s European Championships, but goalkeeper David Forde has missed out on selection by Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland.

Ferguson has had a fantastic year for the club since coming in on loan, and then joining up permanently from Newcastle United in January and he joined up with the Northern Ireland squad following the Wembley disappointment against Barnsley.

On Monday the squad headed out from George Best Airport for a training camp in Austria ahead of their final preparation friendly against Slovakia, and the 24 year old and his colleagues will then head to France for their opening game against Poland.

Group C will see them then face Ukraine and Germany.

Forde however missed out on the Republic of Ireland call, as when O’Neill made his selection ahead of the 11pm cut off, he missed out.

O’Neill himself explained.

‘David Forde is obviously a disappointment because he has been a big part of proceedings. He made this wonderful save against Germany, a great, great save and we end up getting that point, which eventually takes us to France. That’s a disappointment to him. He has been excellent for the squad, and about the place too. It’s a shame, it’s going to happen and that’s the nature of the game.’

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