Ireland U17s: O'Brien selects squad for FYR Macedonia test

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Ireland U17s: O'Brien selects squad for FYR Macedonia test

Republic of Ireland Under 17's Head Coach Colin O’Brien has named his squad for the forthcoming friendly games against FYR Macedonia.
30th Aug 2017

The Irish squad begin their preparations for this season’s UEFA U17 Championships qualifiers with two testing games in Skopje on Friday and Sunday.

O’Brien’s side have a testing UEFA U17 Qualifying Round group as they travel to Bulgaria with the Ukraine and Azerbaijan also in Group 11. England will host the 2018 UEFA U17 European Championships Finals next May.

“Although we’ve had a handful of players ruled out through injuries we’re pleased with the squad we’ll be working with this week,” said O’Brien.

“During the summer we held a training camp and an assessment day in August as we’ve tried to look at a number of players. We felt it was important to see who could come into the equation.

“Everything we’re working on is built towards the qualifiers in October so this week we’ll work on the four functions of the game and will want to get two good performances on the pitch.”

Temperatures will top 30C in Skopje this week so O’Brien is interested to see how his players cope with those conditions.

“They will be testing conditions for the players due to the very hot climate in Macedonia and that could be helpful in preparation for Bulgaria in October when it will still be warm,” he said.

“In conditions like this players can learn how to play in heat and deal with opposition that can sit deep at times and mix things up with their approach so these games will be very beneficial to the players’ learning.”

O’Brien’s squad includes Kian Clarke, Cameron Ledwidge, Nathan Collins, Callum Thompson, Adam Idah and Tyriek Wright - all six featured in the UEFA U17 Championships Finals tournament in Croatia four months ago.

”Some of the players played a year up last year so we hope they've learned a lot from that experience and have an understanding of what's coming physically and mentally at this level,” added O’Brien.

“That experience can prove helpful to the whole squad but firstly they must also be aware of the need to ensure that their own performances on an individual level are up to what is required.” 

Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Kian Clarke (Bohemians), Sean Bohan (Bohemians), Harry Halwax (Leixlip United)
Defenders: Max Murphy (Stoke City), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United), Kameron Ledwidge (Southampton), Andrew Spain (Shamrock Rovers), Kevin O’Reilly (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Midfielders: Sean Brennan (Southampton), Jason Knight (Derby County), Barry Coffey (Celtic), Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers), Seanie Mahon (St Patrick’s Athletic)
Forwards: Callum Thompson (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Marc Walsh (Swansea City), Tyriek Wright (Aston Villa), Ciaran Brennan (Waterford)

Fixtures
U17 International Friendly

Friday, September 1
FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland, Skopje (16:00)

Sunday, September 3
FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland, Skopje (16:00)