McIlroy makes changes to squad
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Derry-born player was loaned out to Rochdale earlier in the season but has forced his way into Dario Gradi's thinking with six goals in his last eight games and 11 in total for the season.
Jones was not included in Ireland boss Sammy McIroy's original squad announced last week but was given the invitation on Monday to pack his bags and join up with the rest of the party at their County Antrim headquarters.
Cheltenham Town midfielder Grant McCann has also been promoted to the full squad from the stand-by list along with Steve Robinson of Luton Town following injuries to Manchester City's Kevin Horlock, Phil Mulryne of Norwich City and Leicester's Gerry Taggart.
Northern Ireland squad:
Roy Carroll (Manchester United), Maik Taylor (Fulham), Stephen Craigan (Partick Thistle); Stuart Elliot (Hull City), Keith Gillespie (Blackburn Rovers), Paul McVeigh (Norwich City), Michael Duff (Cheltenham Town), David Healy (Preston North End), Steve Jones (Crewe Alexandra); Aaron Hughes (Newcastle United), Damien Johnson (Birmingham City), Peter Kennedy (Wigan Athletic), Andrew Kirk (Hearts), Stephen Lomas (West Ham), Grant McCann (Cheltenham Town), George McCartney (Sunderland), Mark Williams (Wimbledon), James Quinn (Willem II)