Ireland face England in final UEFA U17s Championships qualifier
THE Republic of Ireland U17 side face England in their final qualifying round fixture of the UEFA U17 Championships in Yerevan, Armenia, tomorrow.
Both sides have already secured qualification for the Elite Phase with six points from their previous two Group 7 fixtures against Gibraltar and Armenia. Ireland beat the Gibraltarians 4-1 and Armenia 2-0 while the English beat the Armenians 4-0 and won 8-0 against Gibraltar.
Ireland against England at any level is always an exciting occasion and with top spot in the group at stake Irish head coach Tom Mohan is looking forward to the encounter.
Mohan said: "Everybody is fit. We have a clean bill of health going into our final game and that is especially pleasing after a tough game against Armenia on Saturday.
"The lads are all chomkping at the bit - there's no need for motivation in any game against England. For the coaching staff it's a case of a selection headache more than anything else which is a great position to be in.
"England were favouirites to top the group coming here and have looked a very good side. Isaiah Brown is well known in their squad as he has already played Premier League football with West Brom before joining Chelsea.
"We've put in good performanecs this week and confidence is high. This is a great game to finish off on especially as we've already qualified for the next stage.
"It doesn't get much bigger than this for young players. There's lots of incentives. If we win it helps seeding for the elite phase. Our players who have the jersey will want to do their best to hang onto it and keep impressing with a view to be involved in the elite phase.
"We created 24 chances on goal against Gibraltar and it took England 32 minutes before the floodgates opened in their game against Gibraltar. We've good quality in attack and our defence has done well particularly when they were under pressure against Armenia. There lads pulled off some good results under Tom O'Connor at under-16 level so they've no fear of England."
Thursday, October 24
Republic of Ireland 4 Gibraltar 1, Yerevan (ARM).
Saturday, October 26
Republic of Ireland 2 Armenia 0, Yerevan (ARM).
Tuesday, October 29
Republic of Ireland v England, Yerevan (ARM) (12.00pm)