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O'Neill to run rule over U21 Murray

SOME OF Ireland's young guns, including highly-rated U21 cap Sean Murray, will get a chance to impress Martin O'Neill today as the senior team boss is heading to Watford on a scouting mission.

Ahead of next week's friendly at home to Serbia, O'Neill has made the decision to skip the Premier League programme and will instead spend today at Vicarage Road, where he hopes to see winger Sean Murray and defender Tommie Hoban line out against a Blackpool side which will include Andy Keogh and Kevin Foley, two players whose international careers have slowed down.

Murray has been capped 10 times at U21 level but he came close to making the senior panel under caretaker boss Noel King last year and has been marked out as one for the future.

Meanwhile, Roy Keane today heads on a scouting mission to Stoke, where Jonathan Walters, Marc Wilson and the in-form Glenn Whelan should feature against Arsenal.

Andy Reid is the only player to cry off from the original 29-man squad for the Serbia game, but O'Neill faces an anxious 24 hours to see who reports for duty tomorrow.