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Hughes returns for Northern Ireland

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Michael O'Neill named his first Northern Ireland squad, with former captain Aaron Hughes the standout name in a party of 24 having been persuaded to reverse his retirement.

O'Neill takes charge of the side for the first time on February 29 when Norway visit Windsor Park and he will have Fulham centre-back Hughes at his disposal less than six months after he announced his decision to end his international career at the end of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Also back after a lengthy absences are Burnley defender Michael Duff, who last featured in 2008, and Kilmarnock midfielder Dean Shiels.

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