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King names squad for upcoming qualifiers


Ireland U-21 boss Noel King Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland U-21 boss Noel King Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland U-21 boss Noel King Photo: Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland U21 Head Coach Noel King has announced a provisional 24-man squad for two upcoming UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying Round Group 2 fixtures against Italy and Slovenia.

The Irish face the Italians at the RSC, Waterford, on Thursday, March 24 (6.00pm), then travel to Koper to face Slovenia on March 28 (5.00pm Irish).

Italy are currently top of the group with 13 points from five games but King's charges were very unlucky not to secure at least a point from their meeting in Vicenza in October when the Italians secured a 1-0 win with ten men.

Ireland lost their next fixture 3-1 against Lithuania so King will be looking to his side to get back on form against the Azzurri in Waterford. The Irish squad will be reduced to 18 players prior to the fixtures.

Ireland U-21 squad

Ian Lawlor (Manchester City, on loan to Bury), Danny Rogers (Aberdeen, on-loan to Falkirk), Brian Lenihan (Hull City), Tommie Hoban (Watford), Glen Rea (Brighton), Jack Connors (Dagenham), Niall Keown (Reading), Sean Hoare (St Patrick's Athletic), Kevin O'Connor (Cork City), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Harry Charsley (Everton), Josh Cullen (West Ham United, on loan to Bradford), Jack Byrne (Manchester City, on loan to Cambuur), Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United), Brandon Miele (Shamrock Rovers), Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers, on loan to Newport County), Shamir Goodwin (Crawley Town), Josh Barrett (Reading), Shane Griffin (Reading), Sean Maguire (Cork City), Sean Long (Reading), Dylan Connolly (Bray Wanderers), Kenny McEvoy (York City).