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Saturday 3 December 2016

Republic of Ireland U21 boss Noel King: Excellent tests ahead

Noel King's Republic of Ireland Under-21s began their European Championship qualification campaign with a win
Noel King's Republic of Ireland Under-21s began their European Championship qualification campaign with a win

REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King named his squad yesterday for two games early next month.

King's side will meet England C at Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday, June 1 (3.00pm) then the Irish will meet an England U21 select in a restricted entry fixture at St George's Park on Friday, June 5 (3.00pm).

Ireland U21s began their qualifying campaign for the 2017 UEFA U21 Championships with a 1-0 win in Group 2 over Andorra in Waterford in March thanks to a Dylan Connolly goal. Their next competitive game is away to Andorra in September.

"These two fixtures will be excellent tests for us. Both the England teams will be older than our players so that in itself will present a test," said King. "Coming together at this time of the year is not something we've done before so the aim is to be as well prepared as possible for the September fixtures."

REP OF IREland U21 SQUAD: D Rogers (Aberdeen), E Grimes (Leeds Utd), L Bossin (RSC Anderlecht), J Connors (Dagenham & Redbridge), D Lenihan (Blackburn Rvrs), S Kavanagh (Fulham), S Griffin (Reading), G Rea (Brighton & Hove Albion), K McEvoy (Spurs), A Browne (Preston NE), S Goodwin (Brighton & Hove Albion), P Sweeney (Reading), C O'Dowda (Oxford Utd), S Long (Reading), C Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers), J Byrne (Man City), K Callan-McFadden (Norwich City), Bradley Garmston (West Brom), S Maguire (West Ham Utd), L Desmond (St Patrick's Ath), J Kavanagh (Cork City), S Hoare (St Patrick's Ath)

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