Sunday 20 October 2019

Troy Parrott gets first Ireland U21 call-up as Stephen Kenny names squad for qualifier against Luxembourg

Troy Parrott of Republic of Ireland during the 2018/19 UEFA Under-19 European Championships Qualifying Round match between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands at City Calling Stadium, in Lissanurlan, Co. Longford. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Troy Parrott of Republic of Ireland during the 2018/19 UEFA Under-19 European Championships Qualifying Round match between Republic of Ireland and Netherlands at City Calling Stadium, in Lissanurlan, Co. Longford. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny has named an exciting 23-man squad for his first European qualifier as Ireland U21 manager.

Ireland face Luxembourg in their first game of the campaign at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday March 24, and Kenny has selected eight players from the League of Ireland in his first competitive squad.

A number of promising youngsters such as striker Troy Parrott (Spurs), defender Conor Masterson (Liverpool) and goalkeepers Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool) and Gavin Bazunu (Man City) have also been included.

The squad announcement follows news from the UEFA Executive Committee that the UEFA U21 European Championships finals tournament will expand from 12 teams to 16 teams. The finals, which are set to take place in Hungary and Slovakia in June 2021, will now have four further teams in the finals competition.

Republic of Ireland U21 squad v Luxembourg

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City)

Defenders: Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Dara O'Shea (Exeter City, on loan from West Bromwich Albion), Barry Cotter (Ipswich Town), Corey Ndaba (Ipswich Town), Conor Masterson (Liverpool), Lee O'Connor (Manchester United), Trevor Clarke (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Scales (UCD AFC).

Midfielders: Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Jake Doyle Hayes (Cambridge United, on loan from Aston Villa), Connor Ronan (FC DAC 1904, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jamie Lennon (St. Patrick's Athletic), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Dan Mandroiu (Bohemians).

Attackers: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Neil Farrugia (UCD AFC), Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford), Michael O'Connor (Linfield), Simon Power (FC Dordrecht, on loan from Norwich City), Aaron Drinan (Waterford, on loan from Ipswich Town).

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