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Sunday 23 April 2017

Irish hopes of landing Doyle dealt blow as us come calling

IRELAND's hopes of luring American-born Derby striker Conor Doyle into their ranks have been met with a setback after he confirmed his intention to travel to Florida for a training camp with the USA U-20 side, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.

Noel King has been tracking the 19-year-old, who was born in Texas, but is eligible for Ireland through his Dublin-born father. King is keen to draft Doyle into his U-21 squad at the first possible opportunity.

The player has not closed the door on an Irish career, and has effectively said he is keeping his options open despite making the commitment to travel and experience the American set-up.

"I can play for the USA or Ireland, so a definite decision hasn't been made yet, but I am honoured to be called up," said Doyle who, under FIFA eligibility rules, is open to play for either country until he represents one at senior competitive level.

"I can't wait to get out there, it's a real privilege and it will be a great experience.

"It is a pretty special feeling to get the letter that you've been called up and it has capped off a very good six months for me.

"I didn't think this year could be any better, but this is pretty special."

As part of the training camp, the US youngsters will also play two friendly matches against Canada.

Irish Independent

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