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NI trio train ahead of Scotland clash

24 March 2015

The Dons’ Northern Ireland trio have been training in Edinburgh ahead of the Vauxhall International Challenge Match against Scotland.

Ben Reeves, Will Grigg and Lee Hodson joined up with the squad for training on Monday as they look to earn a place in Michael O’Neill’s starting XI for the friendly at Hamden Park on Wednesday evening.

The Northern Ireland squad will remain in the Scottish capital before heading to the match on Wednesday. They will then travel back to Belfast for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Finland, which takes place this Sunday.

Reeves made his debut for Northern Ireland earlier this season and will be looking to add more caps by featuring in either or both of these two upcoming fixtures.

Grigg, meanwhile, hasn’t featured for his country since a 2-0 defeat to Azerbaijan in October 2013 however, he’ll be hoping his goal-scoring form at club level will have him a place in the side – the striker on loan from Brentford took his tally for the season to 15 with a brace on the weekend.

Hodson is the most capped out of three Dons players but missed the last few squads due to injury. He, too, will be hoping to make an appearance and reclaim the right-back position he was beginning to make his own.

Elsewhere, Lewis Baker has met up with the England Under-20s squad to prepare for their clash with Mexico on Wednesday.

The midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, captained the Young Lions last time out when they defeated Portugal on penalties.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side are unbeaten in seven games and will be eager to make it eight by defeating their South American opponents at Barnet FC’s The Hive.

Northern Ireland’s clash with Scotland will be live on Sky Sports 5 from 7.30pm. Fans can also stay up to date throughout the night on the Dons’ official twitter - @MKDonsFC - which will be providing updates direct from Hamden Park.

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