21 Mar Ireland U18: Squad named for Romania friendlies
Republic of Ireland Under-18 head coach Jim Crawford has named a 19-man squad for the upcoming International Friendlies against Romania.
Here at DB Sports we are delighted to have 3 players called up to the Ireland U18’s. Gavin Kilkenny at Bournemouth has excelled himself this year becoming a regular in Carl Fletchers 23’s as well as training numerous times with Eddie Howes first team. https://www.afcb.co.uk/news/club-news/whos-playing-where-in-the-international-break
Joe Redmond and Ryan Burke both at Birmingham FC have played a massive role in Birmingham getting to the FA youth Cup semi final where they will take on the current title holders Chelsea FC next week, which will be held over two legs and live on ITV4.
With eight players called up to Tom Mohan’s Under-19 squad for the UEFA Under-19 Championship Elite Round, Crawford has said it’s a perfect opportunity for some fresh faces to impress.
“It opens the door for players to show what they can do. It’s going to be a real challenge for the players against Romania. They are a very good nation at this age group, with players playing for the likes of Ajax and Real Madrid.”
Over a third of the squad comes from SSE Airtricity League clubs, and Crawford says that’s down to the impressive work being done at that level.
“We have two players from Cork City in the squad. There is a lot of good work being done down there. We have players involved from Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Sligo Rovers, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Cabinteely. It’s brilliant to see.”
Home Farm FC hosts the two games against Romania on March 25th and 27th.
Republic of Ireland Under-18 squad
Goalkeepers: George McMahon (Rotherham United), Luke McNicholas (Sligo Rovers)
Defenders: Ryan Burke (Birmingham City), James Clarke (Burnley), Jack James (Luton Town), Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Joe Redmond (Birmingham City)
Midfielders: Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Michael Collins (Everton), Rory Doyle (Cork City), Richard O’Farrell (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Zak O’Neill (Cabinteely), Conor Tee (Leicester City)
Forwards: Thomas Caffrey (Celtic), Cieran Dunne (Falkirk), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), JJ Kayode (Rotherham United), Glen McAuley (Liverpool), Cian Murphy (Cork City)
March 25: Republic of Ireland v Romania, Home Farm FC, KO 16.00
March 27: Republic of Ireland v Romania, Home Farm FC, KO 11.30