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Doolin wary of Luxembourg

PAUL DOOLIN has told his Ireland U19 team not to take Luxembourg for granted as the Irish side kick off their bid to qualify for the European Championships.

Ireland are playing in a three-game qualifying tournament over the coming days, playing hosts Luxembourg (today), Macedonia (Saturday) and favourites Germany (Saturday), with the group winners advancing to the elite round of qualification.

And even though Luxembourg are seen as the weaker side in the group, Doolin has sounded a note of caution.

"We have been very careful in our conversations this week that we must focus on being 100 per cent right and not letting any complacency set in," said the Ireland boss.

"We are looking for a solid start and ideally in these situations you go and get a good result and three points to set you up for the rest of the competition.

"However, I watched Luxembourg recently against Romania and they looked very well-organised. They are a decent side and they train together four nights a week. You can see that in how they play. They are the hosts too and that will give them plenty of motivation to get a good start," he added.

He has suffered injury problems this week as Brian Lenihan (Cork City), Conor Pepper (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Kenneth McEvoy (Tottenham Hotspur) and Ryan O'Reilly (Stoke City) all withdrew from the initial squad.

Colm Horgan (SD Galway), Brandon Miele (Newcastle), Kealon Dillon (Hull City FC) and Steven Smith (Leicester City FC) have been called in.

IRELAND U19 SQUAD: Ian Lawlor (Manchester C), Danny Rogers (Aberdeen), Conor Horgan (SD Galway), Tommie Hoban (Watford), Pierce Sweeney (Reading), Kealon Dillon (Hull C), Bradley Garmston (WBA), Ryan Coombes (St Pats), Luke Gallagher (Burnley), Steven Smith (Leicester C), Mikey Drennan (Aston Villa), Kieran Sadlier (West Ham), Conor Wilkinson (Millwall), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Noe Baba (Castelbar Celtic), Sam Byrne (Manchester United), Brandon Miele (Newcastle).


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