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Noel King names Ireland u21 squad to face Denmark and Italy

16 May 2012 1,863 views 5 Comments Written by Ronan

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King has named a 20-man-squad for the upcoming friendly against Denmark and European U21 Championship 2013 qualifier with Italy.

King’s youngsters will play Denmark at Tallaght Stadium on Monday May 28th, before taking on Italy at the Showgrounds in Sligo a week later – Monday June 4th.

Ireland u21 captain Rob Kiernan misses out due to an ankle injury, which curtailed his loan spell at Accrington Stanley from Wigan Athletic. King has put Hibernian defender Matt Doherty, Cork City’s Gearoid Morrissey, and St. Patrick’s Athletic winger Chris Forrester on standby, while Aston Villa’s Samir Carruthers and Watford 18-year-old Sean Murray will join the squad after travelling to Portugal with Paul Doolin’s under-19 side.

Torquay United midfielder Eunan O’Kane should make his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland underage side after the Derry-born teen switched allegiance from Northern Ireland in November. O’Kane has four caps for Northern Ireland’s under-21 side, and was disappointed to miss the chance to line out for King’s side last winter against Liechtenstein in qualifying, due to a delay with paperwork for his switch. King had also intended to include New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan O’Meara, but the call-up was blocked by O’Meara’s club manager Hans Backe.

“We’ve assembled a good squad that we will be looking to build on our previous performances,” King told the Irish Examiner. “At this stage of the season some players have not played for a couple of weeks so the Denmark game will be extremely important.

“Italy are a very well-prepared side that recently beat Scotland 4-1 in a warm-up game so everything is geared towards being prepared for that fixture.”

Republic of Ireland under-21 Squad:
Ian McLoughlin (Milton Keynes Dons), Aaron McCarey (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Mark Connolly (Unattached, formerly Bolton), Shane Duffy (Everton), Greg Cunningham (Manchester City), Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United), Lanre Oyebanjo (York City), John Egan (Sunderland)
Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Eunan O’Kane (Torquay United), Richie Towell (Celtic/Hibernian), Aidan White (Leeds United), Conor Clifford (Chelsea), Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle), Sean Murray (Watford)
James Collins (Shrewsbury Town), Rhys Murphy (Arsenal), Aaron Doran (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Robbie Brady (Manchester United/Hull City)

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5 Comments »

  • Nick said:

    good to see carruthers in there and even though o’kanes playing league 2 hes a great prospect apperently.would like to have seen some more players though as we have an abundance of young players coming through and the granny rule hasnt been exploited in a while.the likes of enda stevens,mark o’brien,sean scannal and even forrester at st.pats should be included im sure im missing more.also stronger attempts should be made to get the likes of conor doyle,sean mcginty and the keane twins on board.strange how our best young players arnt alowed develop in the 21s squad,dont think shane long,st.ledger,cox,mcclean and many more wernt given a proper oportunity to help the under 21s

  • Propagandhi said:

    Really quite incredible that Lanre Oyebanjo is in the squad ahead of players like Gavin Gunning (SPL team of the year), Matt Doherty and Kevin Long and those are just the names of more talented defenders at the top of my head.

  • Luke said:

    Who is Lanre Oyebanjo? does anyone have info on him?

  • Ronan said:

    Luke: He’s a left-sided player who just helped York City to promotion. He’s a talented youngster with a lot of potential, and could easily move up a division or two in the next couple of years.

  • Luke said:

    Cheers for the information

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