King makes changes to U21 squad for Norway game
REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King has made four changes to his squad for Thursday’s friendly international against Norway in Drammen (6.00pm Irish).
King has called up Fulham defender Sean Kavanagh, Dundee FC striker Philip Roberts, Shelbourne winger Dylan Connolly and Kenny McEvoy, who is on-loan at Peterborough United from Tottenham.
From the original squad named for the game this week, Bradley Garmston, Conor Wilkinson, Will Hayhurst and Jack Grealish have been withdrawn by their clubs.
“The players have been ruled out for a variety of reasons and it opens the door for the other players who have been called up,” said King.
“It’s a friendly game. Everybody that comes in will play and we will get a good look at them as we look to build a squad for the next qualifying campaign.”
Jack Grealish has withdrawn from the squad as he is staying at Bodymoor Heath for training and will be participating in a first team match behind closed doors. He is also in contract negotiations.
The long term international future of the Aston Villa midfielder has been the subject of much media speculation in recent weeks but King does not feel Grealish’s withdrawal will have any bearing on whether he commits to Ireland or not.
“I accept Jack’s reasons for withdrawing and understand it. I have no issue with it and just see this as an opportunity for other players to come in and show what they can do,” said the Irish coach.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
Ian Lawlor (Manchester City)
Danny Rogers (Aberdeen – on-loan at Dumbarton FC)
Sean Long (Reading)
Mason Watkins-Clark (Stoke City)
Thomas Hoban (Watford)
Shane Griffin (Reading)
Eoghan O’Connell (Celtic)
Pierce Sweeney (Reading)
Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers)
Alan Browne (Preston North End)
Jack Connors (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Kieran Sadlier (West Ham United)
Kenneth McEvoy (Tottenham Hotspur – on-loan at Peterborough United)
Sean Kavanagh (Fulham)
Jack Byrne (Manchester City)
Dylan Connolly (Shelbourne)
Philip Roberts (Dundee FC)
Sam Byrne (Everton)
U21 International Friendly
Thursday, October 9
Norway v Republic of Ireland, Marienlyst Stadium, Drammen (6.00pm Irish)