Blackburn Rovers midfielder Corry Evans was recently left out of the Northern Ireland (NI) squad for the international friendlies against Malta and Ukraine. He was one of the major absentees after manager Ian Baraclough named the squad for the two friendly games.



Corry Evans missed the two matches alongside brother Jonny Evans who was left out of the Northern Ireland squad because of injury. The Leicester City centre back missed the last three league matches of the recently concluded Premier League season as his club narrowly missed out on Champions League football.

Leicester City missed the services of a key player like Evans and that affected the Foxes in the quest to team up with the big boys of European football next season.

Apart from the Evans brothers, skipper Steven Davis and young left-back Jamaal Lewis were also left out of the 25-man squad named by Baraclough. The squad still had experienced players like Leeds United utility man Stuart Dallas, Middlesbrough player Paddy McNair, striker Kyle Lafferty, Niall McGinn and Craig Cathcart.

On his squad, Baraclough told reporters that he has informed his players about the possible omissions. According to him, his players are not obligated to play in the friendly games after back-to-back gruelling seasons.

Corry Evans was absent from the Northern Ireland squad as expected as Ian Baraclough led the team to a 3-0 win over Malta in the first of the two games on Sunday. The second friendly against Ukraine will take place on Wednesday.

Blackburn Rovers star Corry Evans will leave the English Championship outfit this summer thereby ending his eight-year association with the club. For now, the 66-cap Northern Ireland midfielder would be without a club when his Blackburn Rovers contract expires this summer.