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King: Faroes will provide tough test in qualifier


Barry McNamee. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Barry McNamee. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Barry McNamee. Photo: SPORTSFILE

REPUBLIC of Ireland U-21 manager Noel King is taking nothing for granted in advance of the August European Championship qualifier against the Faroe Islands in Toftir, writes Paul Hyland.

"I've watched the Faroes twice now and if anybody thinks we just have to turn up and collect the three points then they are kidding themselves," said King.

"We will be going there looking to win the game and people might expect us to do so but I am anticipating this being a tough test."

King will be without the suspended Derrick Williams and Anthony Forde while John Egan, Eoin Wearen and Mark O'Brien are out with injuries. Derry City midfielder Barry McNamee (above) is the only home-based player in the squad.

"The injuries and suspensions are part of managing any team and we have good players who have shown that they can do a job for the side," said King.

"With the elevation of Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick to the senior squad – and everybody in our group is delighted for them – it shows that the U21 team is an excellent step towards playing senior international football.

"They've got off to a solid start and proved in the Romania game that they will be hard to beat."

Republic of Ireland U21 squad v Faroe Islands, August 14, Toftir

Aaron McCarey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Seán McDermott (Sandnes Ulf FC), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Michael Harriman (QPR), Frankie Sutherland (QPR), Shane Duffy (Everton), Seán McGinty (Sheffield Utd), Anthony O'Connor (Blackburn Rovers), John O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen), Callum Reilly (Birmingham City), Barry McNamee (Derry City), Seán Murray (Watford), Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Graham Burke (Aston Villa), Kane Ferdinand (Peterborough United), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).