Friday 15 December 2017

FAI to chase up Inter talent

THE FAI are planning to explore the eligibility of teenage prospect Ryan Patrick Nolan who is off to try his luck in Italy after the youngster signed a deal with Inter Milan.

Nolan, who was brought up in Spain but has Irish parents, has until now been on the books of Spanish side Torre-Pacheco, but he has been tracked by bigger clubs and Inter, managed by Roberto Mancini (pictured), have lured him to Milan signing him on a three-year deal which was brokered by former Italy and Chelsea star Pierluigi Casiraghi. Nolan, 15, has never been capped, at any level, by the Republic but FAI scouts will this week follow up on the teenager and confirm his eligibility and his interest, if any, in playing for Ireland.

While Liam Brady and Robbie Keane obviously had spells in the first team at Inter, only a handful of Irish players have spent time in the academies of Italian clubs.

Meanwhile, the Irish U17s hope to take a step closer to the European Championship finals today when they face Belarus in Poland in the Elite round of Euro qualification.

Tom Mohan's side drew 2-2 with Greece in their opening game on Saturday but may need a win against Belarus ahead of the final game of the group, against hosts Poland on Thursday.

The League of Ireland has its first managerial casualty of the season as Martin Cambridge has quit as Cobh Ramblers boss in the wake of their weekend defeat to Wexford Youths, their third straight loss.

Anthony Wolfe has taken over on an interim basis as Ramblers aim to move off the bottom of the Division One table.

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