Steele call-up "ideal opportunity" - O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says this week's friendly against Turkey presented the "ideal opportunity" to call up New York Red Bulls forward Jonny Steele.

Steele was called up to the panel for the game on Friday night, a move which O'Neill said "pre-empted potential problems with some players who are involved with their clubs over the weekend".

"Major League Soccer in the United States does not align itself with the international calendar in Europe, but on this occasion Jonny is not missing any games, so it is an ideal opportunity," said the NI boss.

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