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Republic of Ireland U19 star Kieran Sadlier. Photo: Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland U19 star Kieran Sadlier. Photo: Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland U19 star Kieran Sadlier. Photo: Sportsfile

WEST HAM man Kieran Sadlier believes that a proud unbeaten record will give the Irish U19 side the confidence they need to come through their European Championship qualifying tournament and into the European finals later this summer.

Paul Doolin's men face up to the first of three games in Serbia in the elite round of European qualification, Doolin's side playing Switzerland in Serbia today (4.30pm Irish time).

Ireland need a bright start from today's game as only one side from the four-team group will advance to the finals, but Irish confidence is high after an impressive string of results recently.

"Ireland got to the semi-finals of the tournament proper last time and our team looks like it could do so again because we have been unbeaten in seven games at under-19 level and have got draws and wins against big teams like Germany and Czech Republic," said Sadlier (pictured).

"We're looking good. There is a lot of talent coming through in our team and in the age group below, where there are some good players as well."

After today's opener, Ireland play Slovakia (Saturday) and host nation Serbia (Tuesday), with only the winners of the four-team group advancing to the U19 finals, to be held in Lithuania next month.

Under Doolin, Ireland reached the semi-finals of the Euros in Romania in 2011 with a squad containing current senior player Jeff Hendrick.


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