Sunday 20 October 2019

Boost for Ireland as Bayern Munich wonderkid Ryan Johansson pledges international future to boys in green

Joao Cancelo (L) of Juventus fights the ball against Ryan Johansson of Bayern Munich during the 2018 International Champions Cup (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Joao Cancelo (L) of Juventus fights the ball against Ryan Johansson of Bayern Munich during the 2018 International Champions Cup (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Bayern Munich teenager Ryan Johansson has pledged his international future to Ireland.

17-year-old midfielder Johansson, who also qualifies for Luxembourg and Sweden, informed Ireland U19 boss Tom Mohan of his decision this evening.

Johansson's decision is also sure to be welcomed by U21 manager Stephen Kenny as he faces into the qualifiers for Euro '21 and next summer's Toulon Tournament.

"Ryan is very happy to have pledged his international future to Ireland. He really enjoyed his time in Tom Mohan's underage squads," Johansson's mother Christine told Independent.ie.

Johansson qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents with Christine's mother and father hailing from Clare and Westmeath respectively.

"Our summers and Easter holidays growing up were always spent in Ireland," Christine continued.

"We have great memories and Ryan is really looking forward to continuing to represent the country at international level."

Johansson played for the Bayern first team in pre-season friendlies against Manchester City, Juventus and PSG. He has continued his development in their underage set-up and played four games in the UEFA Youth League earlier this season.

He played for the Ireland U19s twice in September before playing at U21 level for Luxembourg in October.

As the player has already played competitively at underage level for Luxembourg in addition to friendlies for Ireland and Sweden, his decision to formally switch will be binding once it is completed.    

Online Editors

The Left Wing - RWC Daily: End of an era as Ireland say sayonara to World Cup

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport