Monday 24 September 2018

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher called up to Ireland U21 squad

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool U21 in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between MK Dons and Liverpool U21 at Stadium mk on August 1, 2016 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool U21 in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between MK Dons and Liverpool U21 at Stadium mk on August 1, 2016 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been called into the Ireland U21 squad as a replacement for for Nottingham Forest's Liam Bossin.

Kelleher the only new addition to Noel King's 18-man squad ahead of the upcoming 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Norway next Tuesday.

Ireland sit on top of Group 5 on 10 points, having claimed three wins from their opening four matches, with King hoping for another big performance against the Norwegians.

King said: "The squad is really looking forward to meeting up later in the week and starting our preparations for the trip to Norway.

"As the Norwegians proved in the game in October, they are a very good team who will provide us with a difficult test. The players have started the campaign brilliantly and to be in the position at the top of the table after four games is fantastic and a credit to them.

"Norway will be boosted by their 3-1 victory against Germany and nobody is in doubt about the enormity of the challenge we face but given the levels these lads have reached, nothing would surprise me from them."

Republic of Ireland Under 21 Squad

Goalkeepers: Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool)

Defenders: Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City, on loan at Bristol Rovers), Shaun Donnellan (West Bromwich Albion, on loan at Walsall), Corey Whelan (Liverpool), Ryan Delaney (Burton Albion)

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (West Ham, on loan at Bolton Wanderers), Harry Charsley (Everton), Conor Shaugnessey (Leeds United), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Jake Mulraney (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Connor Ronan (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Attackers: Reece Grego-Cox (QPR), Ryan Manning (QPR), Ronan Curtis (Derry City), Joe Quigley (Bournemouth, on loan at Newport County)

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