Will Grigg and Lee Hodson have been included in Northern Ireland's squad for Euro 2016. The duo have made the 23-man roster of manager Michael O'Neill, who has opted to omit Liam Boyce, Billy McKay, Daniel Lafferty, Ben Reeves and Michael Smith from his initial squad of 28.

O'Neill, 46, told his players earlier this week if they would be involved in the tournament, which is Northern Ireland's first appearance in a major event since 1986. The manager confessed that his biggest selection dilemma was between Grigg and Boyce of Ross County.

"It was very difficult to tell the players who were not going and it was hard choice between Will Grigg and Liam Boyce," the manager said at the official squad announcement on 28 May.

"Liam had a great start to the season in Scotland before suffering a hand injury. Meanwhile, Will just kept on scoring – 28 goals for his team and helping them to promotion. So while it was a difficult decision, I think it was the right one."

 Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill has named his 23-man squad for the Euro 2016 tournament Getty Images

Northern Ireland begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Poland in Nice on 12 June. They will also face Germany and Ukraine in Group C in France.

Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Alan Mannus, Michael McGovern, Roy Carroll

Defenders: Craig Cathcart, Jonathan Evans, Gareth McAuley, Luke McCullough, Conor McLaughlin, Lee Hodson, Aaron Hughes, Patrick McNair, Chris Baird

Midfielders: Steven Davis, Oliver Norwood, Corry Evans, Shane Ferguson, Stuart Dallas, Niall McGinn, Jamie Ward

Forwards: Kyle Lafferty, Conor Washington, Josh Magennis, Will Grigg