Republic of Ireland U19 squad named for Euro 2011
Republic of Ireland under 19 boss Paul Doolin has named his eighteen man squad for the 2011 UEFA European Under 19 Championship finals later this month in Romania.
Doolin has very much stuck to the squad who helped him qualify from the Elite Stage in May, adding only Southend United’s Kane Ferdinand to the tight-knit group.
Speaking at the squad announcement on Tuesday, Doolin spoke of the tough decisions he had to make selecting his squad. “Picking just 18 players for this squad for the UEFA Championship finals has been an incredibly difficult task,” he said, “but I believe that the players selected are here on merit and our main priority must now be our opening game against Greece on July 20.
“We will approach the finals like any other qualification phase and first aim to get out of the group and take this championship one game at a time. Greece’s record in the tournament to date is very impressive given that they qualified from a group which contained France, Slovakia and Belarus without dropping any points. I have been studying DVDs of Greece from those games and we must ensure that our players are prepared for the challenges that they will face in the finals.
“Preparation for the tournament in Bucharest is key and the seven day training camp in Rome prior to the finals will be an ideal setting in terms of acclimatisation and getting the players together as a group.”
Goalkeepers – Aaron McCarey (Wolves), Sean McDermott (Arsenal)
Defenders – Matt Doherty (Wolves), John Egan (Sunderland), Anthony O’Connor (Blackburn), Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen), Declan Walker (Wrexham), Derrick Williams (Aston Villa)
Midfielders – Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Kane Ferdinand (Southend), Anthony Forde (Wolves), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Kevin Knight (Unattached), Sean Murray (Watford), Eoin Wearen (West Ham)
Forwards – Conor Murphy (Bray), John O’ Sullivan (Blackburn), Connor Smith (Watford)