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Monday 19 March 2018

King studs first squad with crown jewels

Neil Ahern

NOEL King has included a number of big names in the first Ireland U-21 squad of his reign, with senior internationals such as James McCarthy, Cillian Sheridan and Anthony Stokes all called up.

McCarthy was a shock omission from the senior squad which Giovanni Trapattoni named on Tuesday, with the Wigan midfielder paying the price for missing the summer training camp in Dublin in May.

But Trapattoni's loss has proved King's gain as he takes charge of his first game in charge -- a European Championships qualifier against Estonia next month -- having been named as Don Givens' successor earlier this month.

"I am very satisfied with the quality of the players who I have been able to call up to the squad for this important qualifying game, as I think that it is of upmost importance for the players to get some positive results for the team before the end of this campaign," said King yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Slovakian FA yesterday informed the FAI that Ireland's senior European Championships qualifier against the Slovaks will take place in Bratislava on October 12, with a time to be confirmed.

Ireland U-21 squad v Estonia (Tallaght Stadium, August 10, 7.30) -- S Henderson (Bristol City), S Redmond (Chesterfield); S Coleman (Everton), L Oyebanjo (Histon), B Moloney (Nottingham Forest), E Nolan (Scunthorpe), G Gunning (Blackburn), R Kiernan (Watford); O Garvan (Ipswich), C Clifford (Chelsea), A Judge (Blackburn), S Gleeson (MK Dons), J McCarthy (Wigan), C Hourihane (Ipswich); C Sheridan (Celtic), A Stokes (Hibernian), A Doran (Blackburn), J Mason (Plymouth).

Irish Independent

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