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Thursday 22 February 2018

Morling wary of Danish threat

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

With only the top team qualifying from their elite group in Greece for the UEFA U-17 finals in Serbia in May, Ireland's squad will be looking for a good start against a talented Denmark outfit today (kick-off 1.0).

The Danes' tag as favourites to win a group that also features Latvia and the host nation Greece is not surprising, given they inflicted the heaviest defeats of Ireland's U-16 campaign last term, 4-1 and 3-0.

"Our players are aware of Denmark's threat but also mindful of our good form this season, including a win away in Italy last month," said Ireland boss John Morling.

Ireland must plan without their talisman, Aston Villa winger Mikey Drennan, who has been forced to miss out because of a foot injury but do have Manchester United-bound Sam Byrne to call upon in attack.

Ireland (U-17 squad) -- J Coll (Manchester United), I Lawlor (Manchester City), C Horgan (Salthill Devon), J Kavanagh (Ringmahon Rangers), T Hoban (Watford), P Sweeney (Belvedere), S Smith (Arsenal), S Kavanagh (Belvedere), K Dillon (Derby County), M Hyland (Southend), D Lenihan (Belvedere), L Gallagher (Cherry Orchard), K McEvoy (Tottenham), P Roberts (Arsenal), B Garmston (West Brom), J Murphy (Reading), P George (Celtic), S Byrne (St Josephs Boys).

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