Colin O'Brien names U17 squad for training camp

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Colin O'Brien names U17 squad for training camp

Republic of Ireland U17 head coach Colin O'Brien has named his squad for a training camp and pair of friendly matches in Oliva in the province of Valencia next week.
2nd Feb 2017

Ireland will meet Hungary on Thursday, February 9, then meet Romania two days later. O'Brien's side are preparing for the UEFA U17 Championships Elite Qualifying Phase where they will travel to Cyprus in March to fact the hosts, Slovakia and Faroe Islands. Croatia will host the finals tournament in May.

"These games in Spain next week will be a key part of our preparations for the Elite Qualifying Round in March so we're very pleased to have this opportunity to bring the squad together," said O'Brien.

"Since we were last together some of the players have been out of season while those based in the UK are still in season so it's chance to gauge where they are fitness wise.

"There are a couple of new faces in there too and it's an opportunity for them to show what they can do so that we'll have some tough decisions to make around the squad that goes to the Elite Phase.

"We're pleased to have two tough games while we're in Spain against Hungary and Romania. It will give the players a feel for some of what we can expect in the tournament format at the Elite Phase and we'll also be able to work on a number of points with the players."

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U17 SQUAD:

Brian Maher (St Patrick's Athletic)

Tom Murphy (Everton)

Lee O'Connor (Manchester Utd)

Kameron Ledwidge (St Kevin's Boys)

Nathan Collins (Cherry Orchard)

Jordan Doherty (Sheffield Utd)

Joe Redmond (Birmingham City)

Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers)

Conor Coventry (West Ham Utd)

Brandon Kavanagh (Bohemians)

Rowan Roache (Blackpool)

Richie O'Farrell (St Patrick's Athletic)

Marcus Rowley (Malaga)

Adam Idah (Corinthians Boys)

Luke Nolan (St Patrick's Athletic)

Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth)

Aaron Connolly (Brighton)

Daryl Walsh (Waterford)

Tyriek Wright (Lakewood FC)

Ronan Manning (Galway Utd)

FIXTURES

Thursday, February 9

Republic of Ireland v Hungary, Oliva, Spain (2.00pm Irish)

Saturday, February 11

Republic of Ireland v Romania, Oliva, Spain (12.00pm Irish)