A former St Ives Town striker has the chance to stake his claim for a place at the European Championships.

Conor Washington was yesterday called into the Northern Ireland international squad for the first time.

The 23 year-old striker has been named in Michael O'Neill's party for two friendlies over the Easter period – away to Wales son March 24 and at home against Slovenia on March 28.

Washington, who recently made a multi-million pound move to Championship club Queens Park Rangers from League One side Peterborough, qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through a grandparent.

His first international call-up comes only three-and-a-half years after he left St Ives, who were playing at Step 5 of the non-league system at the time. Washington used to work as a postman in those days.