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Daryl Horgan, Cork City. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

Daryl Horgan, Cork City. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

Daryl Horgan, Cork City. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

HOME-BASED duo Barry McNamee and Daryl Horgan may have played themselves into the Ireland U-21 side after impressing manager Noel King in training.

The Irish side play away to Denmark in a friendly today (3.0) as part of the warm-up for the start of the European Championship qualifiers, away to the Faroe Islands in August.

King has brought in a number of new faces to the squad for the trip to Denmark, with prospects like Michael Harriman (QPR), Kevin Feely (Charlton) and Selcuk Tidim (Hansa Rostock) all hoping to win their first U-21 caps.

League of Ireland pair McNamee (Derry City) and Horgan (Cork City) are also in the frame and in King's thoughts.

"Daryl and Barry acquitted themselves very well in a training game we had with an expanded squad during to the week and have been coming to the fore in training," said King.

 

Opportunity

"It's a good opportunity for everybody. Michael Harriman played a full game in that training match and also did very well. He seems a good addition.

"Selcuk Tidim has also trained well. You can see he is a goal-scorer. He knows where the net is in training. He's not a brash physical striker but is a more thoughtful lad who picks up pieces and knows where the goal is, as he showed by scoring in that training game.

"We'll get a better judgement of the players after this game. We'll have seven or eight players who'll be coming back into contention after they played in the other friendlies but we'll give the players here a chance to show what they can do," added King.

The Irish boss has a number of injury worries for the friendly as Frankie Sutherland and Matt Doherty are concerns.


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