Irish U19 Squad Profiles

1. Aaron McCarey

Goalkeeper - Wolves

Aaron McCarey (Wolves). Age: 19.
Ireland's number one goalkeeper is the only player to squad member to have played every minute of the six UEFA qualifiers.
Played Gaelic football for his home county Monaghan and was signed by Wolves manager Mick McCarthy from Monaghan United in January 2010.

16. Sean McDermott

Goalkeeper - Arsenal

Sean McDermott (Arsenal). Age: 18.
First choice goalkeeper for the Ireland Under-17s last season, Sean has stepped up a year out of his age-group to be McCarey's understudy.
Born in Norway, he declared for Ireland through his Donegal father and joined Arsenal two years ago.

2. Matthew Doherty

Defender - Wolves

Matthew Doherty (Wolves). Age: 19.
Matt played underage football for Home Farm and Belvedere before joining Bohemians. His impressive display against Wolves in a friendly earned him a contract offer from Mick McCarthy and, once recruited, made his debut within a few months in the FA Cup tie against Doncaster.

3. Derrick Williams

Defender - Aston Villa

3 Derrick Williams (Aston Villa). Age: 18.
Can play centre-back, midfield but is mostly deployed at left-back.
The Waterford 18-year-old has progressed through the Aston Villa ranks since signing from hometown club Tramore AFC. Eligible again next season at Under-19 level.


4. John Egan

Defender - Sunderland

John Egan (Sunderland). Age: 18.
John is the team's captain and an inspirational leader both on and off the pitch. Son of multiple Gaelic All-Ireland winner with Kerry by the same name, John signed for Sunderland from Greenwood and progressed to the reserve team last season.

5. Anthony O'Connor

Defender - Blackburn Rovers

5. Anthony O'Connor (Blackburn Rovers). Age: 18.

Cork-born centre-back Anthony played for Nu Farm and Kilreen Celtic last season before joining Blackburn Rovers in 2009. He's been a regular in the Irish set-up since Under-16 level.

17. Declan Walker

Defender - Wrexham United

Declan Walker (Wrexham United). Age: 19.
Warrington-born full-back Declan Walker declared for Ireland last summer with the assistance of his Wrexham mentor and former Ireland international Brian Carey.
Declan has been a regular in his club team for the past two seasons.

18. Joe Shaughnessy

Defender - Aberdeen

Joseph Shaughnessy (Aberdeen): Age: 19.
The Galway native earned his first Under-19 cap against Ukraine last August and was restored to the squad in February for the trip to Croatia. He scored Ireland's third goal in the 3-0 UEFA qualifying win over Italy. Secured a new contract from Aberdeen at the end of last season and made his first-team debut under boss Craig Brown.

6. Jeff Hendrick

Midfielder - Derby County

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County). Age: 19.
A mainstay of the Irish midfield, Jeff grabbed Ireland's only goal in the 1-0 win over Poland in April on their way to qualification.
Highly rated by Derby County, he made four outings for Nigel Clough's first team and signed a new contract extension.

7. Samir Carruthers

Midfield - Aston Villa

Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa). Age: 18.
Former Arsenal trainee Samir declared for Ireland through his grandparents and made his debut this season. A neat and creative player, the Aston Villa ace can play across midfield or up front.


9. Kevin Knight

Midfielder - Unattached

Kevin Knight (unattached). Age: 18.
Under-18 player Kevin was a late call-up for the qualifiers in May and helped the side qualify. Was instrumental in Ireland's Under-17 qualifying campaign last season which brought them within minutes of reaching the UEFA finals. Recently released by Leicester City, a number of clubs have expressed an interest in recruiting the winger.

11. Anthony Forde

Midfielder - Wolves

11 Anthony Forde (Wolves). Age: 17.
The youngest member of the squad, Anthony hails from Ballingarry in Co Limerick and moved to Wolves on a full-time contract at the start of last season.
A player with plenty of drive and energy, Anthony played all three of Ireland's qualifiers in Poland.

12. Kane Ferdinand

Midfielder - Southend United

Kane Ferdinand (Southend United). Age: 18.
A cousin of Rio and Anton Fedinand, Rio is the most experienced member of the squad in terms of clubs appearances with 22 amassed during last season's breakthrough campaign.
Made his Ireland debut in May 2010 against Macedonia at Under-18 level and has featured in friendlies for Paul Doolin's Under-19s this season.

14. Eoin Wearen

Midfielder - West Ham United

Eoin Wearen (West Ham United) Age: 18.
Dubliner Eoin was snapped by West Ham United from St. Kevin's Boys two seasons ago. His physique and flair in midfield shone through in the two elite qualifiers against Poland and Ukraine, although a harsh sending off late in the latter game ruled him out of the Italy clincher.

15. Sean Murray

Midfielder - Watford

Sean Murray (Watford). Age: 17.
London-born midfielder Sean declared for Ireland at Under-17 level through his Dublin grandparents. Another of the squad still Under-18, he scored Ireland's second goal of the 3-0 win against Italy. He broke into the Watford first team towards the end of last season.

8. John O'Sullivan

Attacking Midfielder - Blackburn Rovers

John O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers). Age: 17.
A permanent fixture in the team for the elite qualifiers, John has bundles of energy and zip in his play. Moved to Blackburn Rovers from famed Dublin club Belvedere and can play through the middle or as an attacking midfielder.

10. Conor Murphy

Striker - Bray Wanderers

Conor Murphy (Bray Wanderers). Age: 18.
The Dubliner has flourished since returning home from a short stint at Middleborough, netting eight goals for Bray Wanderers in the Airtricity League so far. Won his first Under-19 under Paul Doolin against Croatia and fired Ireland ahead in the Italy qualifier.

19. Connor Smith

Striker - Watford

Connor Smith (Watford). Age: 18.
Connor missed the elite phase due to injury but has been capped at Under-17 level last season. Hailing from Mullingar in Co Westmeath, he was a finalist on the Sky TV series ‘football's next star' and is highly rated by Watford.

Paul Doolin


Paul Doolin (born 26 March 1963, Dublin) has been manager of the Republic of Ireland under-19 team since September 2010 and he led the Irish to the UEFA Championships finals at the first attempt.

Doolin was one of the most successful Irish footballers of modern times and was capped in the 1988 Olympic qualifying tournament for Ireland.

He started his career with Bohemians, scoring on his debut on 13 September 1981, and played in the 1983 FAI Cup Final against Sligo Rovers.

Two years later he joined Shamrock Rovers and in his three years at the club won the double twice scoring 30 goals in 107 appearances. He joined Derry City in 1988 and was part of a treble-winning side the following year. The following year he moved to Irish League club Portadown and became the first player to win a League and Cup double both north and south of the border.

He had a second brief spell with Shamrock Rovers before joining Shelbourne in 1992 and he played his part in an FAI Cup success in 1993. He had further short stints with Bohemians and Dundalk before returning to Shelbourne and helping them to the double of the league championship and FAI Cup in 2000.

Doolin's first management role was as player-manager of UCD, where he went on to be named Soccer Writer's Association Personality of the Year in 2002. He subsequently moved on to Drogheda United, who he led to their first FAI Cup success in 2005. He also managed the Co Louth club to Setanta Sports Cup victories in 2006 and 2007 then to the club's first ever League title in 2007.

Doolin took over as Cork City manager in January 2009 and led them to third in the Airtricity League Premier Division but stepped down at the end of that season.

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