Shay McCartan has received his first senior call-up to the full Northern Ireland squad.

Frontman McCartan, the SkyBet League Two Player of the Month for March,  received a text inviting him to a training camp in Manchester from 22-25th May.

He impressed manager Michael O’Neill and has made the squad for an international friendly at home to New Zealand  on June 2nd and a World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on June 10th.

“It will be a great experience,” said the 23-year-old, who scored 11 goals from January last season. “I can’t believe it really. The training camp was tough, there was a lot of small-sided games and getting fitness back after two or three weeks off and it was great to be called up to that.

“I was quite relaxed. I knew a few lads from the Under 21s and there were a few of us who were there for the first time so it was easy to settle in.

“After the first day, the coaches pulled me to one side and said I had done well and to keep doing what I had been doing and enjoy it.

“Then on the second day, Michael said I hadn’t really been in his plans but I had done so well he was going to take me away so I am buzzing.

“The friendly is at Windsor Park in Belfast where I haven’t played since I was around nine and then to be involved in a World Cup qualifier is special.

“I never expected to get this far being a League Two player but it just goes to show.

“There is a chance I could get some game time, you never know, so I am just really happy. I don’t mind that my summer is not for resting!”