Corry Evans is set to join his team mates as he is called up by Northern Ireland for pre Euro 2016 training camp. The first of two Northern Ireland training camps ahead of their historic participation at Euro 2016. The 25-year-old will join up with his international team-mates for four days in Manchester from Monday.

Northern Ireland, who became the first country to win their European Championship qualifying group after being drawn from pot five, will then base themselves in Dublin for five days. Michael O’Neill’s men will then head home to Belfast for a friendly against Belarus at Windsor Park on May 27 before travelling to Trnava for a friendly with Slovakia on June 4. Northern Ireland get their Euro 2016 campaign under way on June 12 when they take on Poland in Nice.

This is the first ever appearance at a European Championship and their first in a major finals since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The Northern Ireland International made his first appearance in five weeks in the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest and had undergone a successful operation on a niggling groin injury. Evans should now be in top shape for his country’s historic participation at Euro 2016 in the summer.

Rovers boss Paul Lambert said:

“He’s play that role (in front of the back four) very well and I thought he did that especially in the first half.

“We passed the ball a lot better and in the first half he was dictating the speed of the game, which is important in the middle of the pitch.

“Corry being back is a major plus. It’s a big summer for him and hopefully he’ll go to the Euros and perform there.

“It’s a big time for him.”