Wednesday 22 November 2017

King calls up Trap reject McCarthy for U-21 qualifier

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

NOEL King has included James McCarthy in his Ireland U-21 squad for next week's European Championship qualifier against Hungary.

The Showgrounds clash marks the beginning of King's competitive career with the U-21s.

And he expects McCarthy, who was overlooked by Giovanni Trapattoni for the senior side's Euro 2012 qualifers against Slovakia and Russia, to report for duty as long as he comes through Wigan's Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday.

"James will be a good addition to our squad," said King, who has also included Robbie Brady, Conor Clifford and Shane Duffy.

"We are building a competitive squad now and, if everybody who is eligible for this age group was fit, I would have had to make some really tough decisions.

"James played in the U-21s' last competitive game against Estonia so he knows most of the players. He has a great pedigree and everybody knows the talent he possesses.

"The players enjoyed the friendly game against Austria.

"We were all delighted with how it went and we'll be looking to achieve a similar result and performance this time around," added King, who hasn't included a single home-based player in his squad.

Meanwhile, next month's EA Sports Cup final between Cork City and Derry City will be played at Cork's Turner's Cross on September 24 after a draw at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown yesterday favoured the Leesiders.

IRELAND U-21 (squad) -- McLoughlin (MK Dons), McCarey (Wolves), Oyebanjo (York City), Duffy (Everton), Gunning (Dundee Utd), Kiernan (Wigan Ath), Canavan (Scunthorpe Utd), White (Leeds Utd), Towell (Celtic), Connolly (Bolton Wanderers), Barton (Preston NE), Clifford (Chelsea), McCarthy (Wigan Ath), Hendrick (Derby County), Doran (Inverness CT), Brady (Hull City), Scannell (Crystal Palace), Mason (Cardiff City).

Irish Independent

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