Thursday 22 August 2019

Rangers striker 'delighted' with surprise Ireland U18 call-up

Matthew Shiels. Image credit: Matthew Shiels Twitter.
Matthew Shiels. Image credit: Matthew Shiels Twitter. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Rangers striker Matthew Shiels has been handed a shock call-up to Jim Crawford's Ireland U18 squad.

Shiels previously represented Scotland at U16 and U17 level, but has been included in the Ireland squad for an upcoming invitational tournament in Spain where the Boys in Green will take on Belgium, the Netherlands and Czech Republic.

The 17-year-old was born in Scotland but is eligible to play for Ireland through his grandparents.

The Rangers striker tweeted that he was 'delighted to be picked for the Republic of Ireland'.

Even if Shiels lines out for the U18 side, he can still switch back to Scotland.

Here is the Ireland U18 squad in full:

Aaron Connolly (Brighton)

Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers)

Adam Idah (Norwich)

Andy Lyons (Bohemians)

Brian Maher (St Patricks Ath)

Ciaran Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday)

Conor Coventry (West Ham United)

Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth)

Joe Redmond (Birmingham)

Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United)

Kameron Ledwidge (Southampton)

Kevin Healy (West Bromwich Albion)

Matthew Shiels (Rangers)

Michael Obafemi (Southampton)

Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United)

Richard O'Farrell (St Patricks Ath)

Rory Brown (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Rowan Roache (Blackpool)

Will Ferry (Southampton)

Will Smallbone (Southampton)

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