Republic of Ireland Under-18 Head Coach Andy Reid has included Cavan’s Sean McEvoy in his 20-man squad for a three-game tournament in Sweden next week.
Ireland will take on Austria (Thursday, September 5th), Sweden (Saturday, September 7th) and Norway (Monday, September 9th) with first-time call ups for Oxford United’s Nico Jones, Sunderland forward Cole Kiernan and Norwich City’s Tony Springett.
“This is a great set of fixtures that we’re heading into and we’ve got an exciting squad that will compete against Sweden, Austria and Norway” declared Reid.
“They should be close games and they have good quality in their teams regardless of their level” added Reid.
“We have players in the squad who accounted themselves well in the Under-17 Championships but they will be looking to prove themselves again and it’s up to them to do that.”
“The Under-18s is about preparing those players for the next level as well as looking at players new to the set-up such as Tony Springett, Cole Kiernan and Nico Jones, this is all part of the development of the players to help the new lads.”
“It’s a great opportunity for the players to further their development. Denis Hyland [assistant coach] and I have the experience and we’ll look to share that with the squad. If they buy into what we are doing they’re going to come out it for the better.”
Republic of Ireland Under-18 squad
Goalkeepers: Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Harry Halwax (Derby County)
Defenders: Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Jaden Charles (Derby County), James Furlong (Brighton & Hove Albion), Luke Turner (Aberdeen), Sean McEvoy (Ballinamallard), Nico Jones (Oxford United), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Brandon Holt (St Patrick’s Athletic), Gabriel Adebambo (Dundalk), Kian Leavy (Reading), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Tony Springett (Norwich City) Sean Kennedy (Cork City), Charlie McCann (Manchester United)
Forwards: Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Cole Kiernan (Sunderland), Josh Giurgi (Norwich City)
5 September: Austria v Republic of Ireland, KO 17:30 (Irish Time) – Kubikenborgs IP
7 September: Sweden v Republic of Ireland, KO 16:00 (Irish Time) – Kubikenborgs IP
9 September: Republic of Ireland v Norway, KO 17:30 (Irish Time) – Thulevallen