Rhys Murphy called up to Ireland U21 squad
Arsenal youth striker Rhys Murphy has been added to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad after receiving international clearance from FIFA.
Murphy, 20, is a FA Youth Cup and Academy League winner with Arsenal, and also a European runner-up at Under-17 and Under-19 level with England (at the UEFA U-17 Championship 2007 and UEFA U-19 Championship 2009 respectively). However, in November it emerged that Murphy was interested in switching allegiance to Ireland, and he should make his Irish debut in September against Hungary or Turkey in Euro 2013 qualifiers.
Murphy has yet to play for Arsenal, but played five league games and one FA Cup game while on loan at Brentford in 2009-10. Most recently, the Sussex-born forward has been on trial with Rangers, with Gers boss Ally McCoist recalling him for a second trial after impressing in a friendly with Hamilton.
“Rhys Murphy came up and played a closed doors game for us and did fine,” McCoist said earlier this month. “He’s gone back home, he has an international next week and he is going to come up and join us again towards the end of next week for the following week’s training just to have a look at him.”