Cork City’s Jimmy Corcoran and Matt Healy in Ireland under 21 squad

Republic of Ireland Under-21s Head Coach Jim Crawford has named a 20-man squad for the International Friendly against Iceland in Turner’s Cross on Sunday, March 26.

It is the first look at a new generation of Under-21 internationals with Jim naming 13 previously uncapped U21 internationals in his squad.

Among the squad will be Cork City duo Jimmy Corcoran and Matt Healy, there is also a first Ireland call-up for Notts County goalkeeper Tiernan Brooks.

Bohemians’ Head of Academy Trevor Croly will also join the U21s technical coaching staff for this international window and will help the team prepare for their opening game of 2023.

The fixture against Iceland is the first Ireland Under-21s game to be played in Cork for 14 years. More than 4,500 fans have already secured their seat. Tickets  are priced €5 for children, €10 for adults and €20 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).

Speaking about the squad Republic of Ireland Under-21s Head Coach Jim Crawford said: “This promises to be an exciting occasion. A new look team, in our first international of year in what we hope will be in front of a big crowd in Turner’s Cross.

“It’s a great opportunity for these players to go out and show what they’re capable of against a very good Iceland side. It’s been six months since we were last together and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the players and staff again.

“We want to bring our fans on a journey and that starts against Iceland and I’ve no doubt the Cork public will get behind us all the way.”

Republic of Ireland Under-21s Squad

Goalkeepers: Tiernan Brooks (Notts County), Jimmy Corcoran (Cork City), Josh Keeley (Tottenham Hotspur)

Defenders: Tayo Adaramola (Crystal Palace), Festy Ebosele (Udinese), James Furlong (Motherwell, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (NAC Breda, on loan from Wolfsburg), Connor O’Riordan (Crewe Alexandra), Sean Roughan (Lincoln City)

Midfielders: Cian Hayes (Fleetwood Town), Matt Healy (Cork City, on loan from Ipswich Town), Joe Hodge (Wolves), Bosun Lawal (Celtic), Killian Phillips (Shrewsbury Town, on loan from Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Sinclair Armstrong (QPR), Tom Cannon (Preston North End, on loan from Everton), Johnny Kenny (Shamrock Rovers, on loan from Celtic), Andrew Moran (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ollie O’Neill (Derry City, on loan from Fulham), Armstrong Okoflex (West Ham United)

International Friendly Fixture
Sunday, March 26 | Ireland U21 v Iceland U21, Turner’s Cross, Cork, KO 4pm (live on LOITV)

Meanwhile Tom Mohan has named his Under 19 squad for the three UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualifiers in Wexford next week.

Cork’s Mark O’Mahony and Franco Umeh are included in the 20 player squad

Ireland face Slovakia, Estonia and Greece ) at Ferrycarrig Park as they look to qualify for the U19 EUROs in Malta this summer.

Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-19s Head Coach Tom Mohan said: “It is the first time since 2019 that an Irish Men’s U19 team has had the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd. I’m looking forward to bringing this exciting team to Wexford to play Slovakia, Estonia and Greece. “They are three challenging teams and it’s for us to find a way to overcome them. My staff, the players and I will embrace this challenge and can’t wait to get into camp.” Republic of Ireland Men’s Under-19s Squad Goalkeepers: Reece Byrne (Bohemians), Owen Mason (Kettering Town, on loan from Mansfield Town) Defenders: James Abankwah (Udinese), Sam Curtis (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Sean Grehan (Crystal Palace), James Golding (Oxford United), Alex Murphy (Newcastle United),  Harry Nevin (Preston North End), John Ryan (Sassulo) Midfielders: Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Oisin Gallagher (Barwell, on loan from Lincoln City), Ed McJannet (Lecce), James McManus (Bohemians), Harry Vaughan (Hull City), Rocco Vata (Celtic) Forwards: Tommy Lonergan (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Sean Moore (Cliftonville), Mark O’Mahony (Brighton & Hove Albion), Franco Umeh (Crystal Palace), Kevin Zefi (Inter Milan) UEFA European Under-19 Championship Elite Round Qualifiers Wednesday, March 22 | Ireland MU19 v Slovakia MU19, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford KO 3.30pm (Live on LOITV) Saturday, March 25 | Ireland MU19 v Estonia MU19, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford, KO 3.30pm (Live on LOITV) Tuesday, March 28 | Ireland MU19 v Greece MU19, Ferrycarrig Park, Wexford, KO 7.30pm (Live on LOITV)


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