Republic of Ireland Under-21 Head Coach Noel King has named a 21-player squad for the upcoming matches against Iceland and Azerbaijan.
The U21s face Iceland in a friendly match on Thursday, March 22, with kick-off at 19:30 before the UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, March 27, with kick-off at 19:30.
Both games will take place at Tallaght Stadium as the team look to continue their impressive campaign so far having won three out of five matches to move into second place in Group 5.
King has recalled attacker Olamide Shodipo to the squad after he missed the qualifiers against Israel and Norway due to injury, whilst there are also call-ups for Cork City’s Danny Kane and Derry City duo Ronan Curtis and Rory Hale.
Declan Rice and Kieran O’Hara have been called up to the senior men’s squad for the friendly match against Turkey on Friday, March 23 but will rejoin the U21s squad ahead of the qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday. Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been called up for the friendly match against Iceland to cover for O’Hara.
Tickets for the two fixtures are available to purchase on Ticketmaster with both games priced at €5 for adults and FREE for U16s and free access for 2017/18 FAI Season Ticket holders.
Noel King said: “I’m really looking forward to getting the players back in and working with them to continue what we’ve achieved during this campaign.
“I want to extend my congratulations to Declan Rice and Kieran O’Hara who received call-ups to the senior squad for the match against Turkey. It is a great opportunity for them and we look forward to welcoming them back into the squad for the Azerbaijan match.
“It’s also great to see Olamide Shodipo back in the squad after injury. He proved in the first match of the campaign against Kosovo what a crucial member of the squad he is, scoring the winning goal.
“The Iceland match will be a great opportunity for us to prepare for the qualifier against Azerbaijan and I expect the players to continue to maintain the high standards they’ve set themselves already in this campaign.”
Republic of Ireland U21 squad
Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara (Manchester United), Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool)
Defenders: Danny Kane (Cork City), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City – on loan at Bristol Rovers), Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town), Corey Whelan (Liverpool – on loan at Yeovil Town), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale AFC)
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (West Ham United), Harry Charsley (Everton – on loan at Bolton Wanderers), Rory Hale (Derry City), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Connor Ronan (Wolverhampton Wanderers – on loan at Portsmouth), Connor Dimaio (Unattached)
Attackers: Reece Grego-Cox (Woking FC), Ryan Manning (QPR), Ronan Curtis (Derry City), Joe Quigley (AFC Bournemouth – on loan at Boreham Wood), Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT), Olamide Shodipo (QPR – on loan at Colchester United)
Thursday, March 22: Ireland v Iceland, Tallaght Stadium, KO 19:30
Tuesday, March 27: Ireland v Azerbaijan, Tallaght Stadium, KO 19:30