Irish U19s set for training camp ahead of UEFA Championship qualifiers

Irish U19s set for training camp ahead of UEFA Championship qualifiers

Republic of Ireland U19 manager, Sean McCaffrey has announced a 27 man squad who will take part in a three day training camp in Dublin on May 18th prior to the UEFA Championship, elite qualifying phase where the Irish will face Sweden, Switzerland and tournament hosts, Belgium from the 5th – 10th June.
7th May 2009

McCaffrey has drafted a number of previously uncapped players into the training squad including Ipswich goalkeeper, Ian McLoughlin, Millwall’s Patrick O’Connor, Stockport County’s Young Player of the Year, Matty Mainwaring and Jamil Adam who was crowned 2008 Academy Player of the Year for Championship side, Barnsley.

Speaking ahead of the three day training camp, Irish manager, Sean McCaffrey said, “ We have called 28 players up to this training camp ahead of the UEFA Championship qualifiers in June, as most of our players are reaching the end of their respective seasons at youth level, this training exercise is an ideal way to keep the players focused on maintaining their fitness regimes. Of the 27 players selected, there are 18 who are eligible for next years competition but at the moment we are not concerned about next year, they are there on merit and this camp is an ideal place to assess their fitness and form ahead of next months qualifiers,” said the Irish boss.

McCaffrey was delighted to call up a number of previously un-capped players to the fold, “Barnsley’s attacker, Jamil Adams whose mother hails from Dublin has had a terrific season with Barnsley and recently played against Cardiff in the Championship. Terry Conroy who is the FAI welfare officer in England identified Jamil’s Irish roots while ex-Stockport County manager, Jim Gannon gave glowing reports on midfielder, Matty Mainwaring who has played a big part in the first team this year. FAI scout, Mark O’Toole also brought my attention to Milwall’s reserve team captain, Patrick O’Connor who has also played a part in the first team this season. Also selected is Ipswich Town goalkeeper, Ian McLoughlin, formerly of St. Francis who was strongly recommended by St. Francis’ Paul Duffy. This training camp is an ideal setting to evaluate all of these players at this level and I have no doubt that this will enable us to fully prepare for the UEFA Championship qualifiers in June,” said McCaffrey.

McCaffrey who is credited with identifying such players as Sean Scannell and James McCarthy for Ireland, stated that he may be able to call the duo up for the qualifiers in June, “There are a number of players who are not involved in this training camp because of club commitments and injuries. West Ham’s Terry Dixon is training well with his club and if he recovers, he will travel with the squad for the qualifiers; as will Crystal Palace striker, Sean Scannell who is recovering from surgery. Hamilton’s James McCarthy who is eager to feature for the team, will be involved with his club until the last weekend in May and if he is available for international duty, he will be selected,” added McCaffrey.

McCaffrey also received a fitness boost from Arsenal’s Conor Henderson who has recovered from a cruciate ligament injury and will now feature in Arsenal’s squad for the FA Youth Cup final against Liverpool which will be played over two legs on 22nd and 26th May.

Sean McCaffrey’s Irish side will travel to Belgium to compete against Sweden, Switzerland and hosts, Belgium for only one qualifying spot for the finals of the UEFA Championship of 2008/'09 to be held in the Ukraine in July.

The Irish get their competition underway on the 5th June against Belgium at the Complex Op de Keiberg in Tongeren before playing Switzerland at the same venue on the 7th June and they play their finals game against Sweden on 10th June at the Sport Centrum in Tessenderio.

The Republic of Ireland emerged successfully from the preliminary qualifying group of the 2009 UEFA Championship in Malta in November, 2008. France won the group and Ireland were second as Malta and Liechtenstein were eliminated

Republic of Ireland Squad – Training Camp
Kieron Thorp - Crystal Palace
Ian McLoughlin - Ipswich Town
Harry Lee - Charlton Athletic
Callum O`Connor - Blackburn Rovers
Lanre Oyebanjo - Histon
Johnny Dunleavy - Wolves
Callum Morris - Newcastle United
Danny Kelly - Norwich City
Gavin Gunning - Blackburn Rovers
David Joyce - Birmingham City
Robert Kiernan - Watford
Damian McCrory - Plymouth Argyle
Mark Connolly - Wolves
Aaron Doran - Blackburn Rovers
Kurtis Byrne - Hibernians
Jamie Devitt - Hull City
Gearoid Morrissey - Blackburn Rovers
Conor Hourihane - Sunderland
Conor Clifford - Chelsea
Richie Towell - Celtic
Greg Cunningham - Manchester City
James O’Brien - Birmingham City
Patrick O’Connor - Millwall
Matty Mainwaring - Stockport County
Ronan Murray - Ipswich Town
Paddy Madden – Shelbourne
Jamil Adam – Barnsley