Republic of Ireland Under-19 Head Coach Paul Doolin today named his Under 19 squad that will compete in the Uefa Under 19 Championship Elite Phase Qualification Group 4 tournament.
Ireland will face group hosts, Portugal followed by Ukraine and will finish up facing Israel on the 31st of May.
Speaking about the tournament Doolin said: "This is a tough group and there will not be any easy matches but there is no reason why we can't go there and give a good account of ourselves. Portugal in the first game is clearly a big match, if we get something out of that then it will give us the confidence to come out of the group.
"I have confidence in this group of players, I know that if they play to their potential then there is no reason why they can't challenge for top spot in the group."
The 18 man squad is:
Sean McDermott - Arsenal
Niall Burdon - Stade Renne
Michael Barker - Bohemians
Neil Byrne - Rochdale
Samir Carruthers - Aston Villa
Michael Drennan - Aston Villa
Anthony Forde - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bradley Garmston - West Bromwich Albion
Thomas Hoban - Watford
Sean Kavanagh - Fulham
Conor Morrissey - Trieste
Sean Murray - Watford
Aiden O'Brien - Millwall
John O'Sullivan - Blackburn Rovers
James Kavanagh - UCD
George Smith - Southend United
Frankie Sutherland - Queens Park Rangers
Derrick Williams - Aston Villa
UEFA U-19 Elite stage qualifiers - Group 4
Portugal v Republic of Ireland - May 26th (19:00) Stadium Jose Arcanjo, Olhao
Republic of Ireland v Ukraine - May 28 (17:00) Stadium Municipal Bela Vista, Parchal.
Israel v Republic of Ireland - May 31st (19:00) Estadio de Nora, Ferreira.
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