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Eiran Cashin during a Republic of Ireland U21 squad training session at FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Eiran Cashin during a Republic of Ireland U21 squad training session at FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Eiran Cashin during a Republic of Ireland U21 squad training session at FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Eiran Cashin faces an anxious wait for his Irish passport if he is to line out for the U-21 side against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Friday night.

Cashin was not officially named in Jim Crawford’s 25-man squad last week, although he has joined the camp ahead of a crucial triple-header, as Ireland aim to qualify for a first ever U-21 European Championships.

The centre-back was born in England but qualifies for Ireland through a grandparent. He has played 18 Championship games for Derby County, after lining out for the U-23 side for the first half of the season.

Crawford is hopeful that the paperwork goes through in time for Cashin to feature in this window.

“The people behind the scenes are working around the clock to get it done,” said Crawford at an FAI press conference this afternoon.

“We hope we have him available, that’s the plan. He’s come in and trained well. It wasn’t that he was a bit-part player for Derby. He had a fantastic season. He’s an addition to the squad and to have him available for selection would be great for everybody,” he added.

Asked whether there was a deadline looming to get the green light, Crawford admitted that if they don't hear by Thursday evening Cashin will be ruled out of Friday’s game at Tallaght Stadium.

“We’ve got until this evening,” Crawford continued. “At some stage today, we have to draw a line on it for the Bosnia game. After that it’s a Bank Holiday weekend and it’s Tuesday. We just have to take each hour as it comes with this situation.

“There is a lot of thought that goes into it. To have Eiran over the line with his passport and citizenship, that gives us extended possibilities, whether he’s starting or on the bench. We have a time in our heads that we just have to move on."

Ireland are set to host Bosnia & Herzegovina on Friday in front of a record crowd at Tallaght Stadium. Three wins from their final three qualifiers will all but guarantee automatic qualification, while two wins would likely seal a play-off berth.

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