Saturday 24 March 2018

Have boots, will travel: Hoping for the call

Samir Carruthers
Samir Carruthers
Noe Baba
Shane Duffy
Ian Lawlor
Sean Murray

Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa)

Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa)

Talented playmaker featured at Old Trafford and Anfield for Villa before embarking on a loan spell at MK Dons this term.

Sean Murray (Watford)

Came close to inclusion in the latest senior squad, which was selected by his U-21 boss Noel King. Has added brawn to his undoubted quality and is on the right course to grab attention of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Youngest member of the U-21 squad with arguably the most ability, the winger is currently being battle-hardened in League One on loan at Notts County. "If he keeps going and improving, he's going to be some player," said King.

Shane Duffy (Everton)

Skipper of the U-21s, no longer can his inexperience be used as justification for exclusion as he has played the same amount of Championship games this term for Yeovil Town as full squad members Stephen Kelly and Sean St Ledger combined.


Patrick Bamford (Chelsea)

Would appear to be holding out for his preference of England full caps but can still switch to Ireland even if he remains on with the Three Lions' U-21s for this campaign. O'Neill and Keane may immerse themselves in this chase.

Ian Lawlor (Manchester City)

Rated highly at the Etihad, the Edenmore 18-year-old has been a regular traveller with City on UEFA Champions League duty in recent months. Possesses all the ingredients to become a top stopper, but his elevation – as with most goalkeepers – could be a slow burner.

Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool)

The Belfast-born teen has put his international career in abeyance amid speculation of an imminent cross-border switch. It's understood no decision will be made until club matters are taken care of but, again, the senior management's clout could be decisive.

Noe Baba (Fulham)

The Cameroon-born defender who shunned Alex Ferguson to join Fulham last year in a lucrative deal is the pick of the present U-19 squad – and he is eligible again next season.

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