King's U21s face Qatar test in Aachen
IRELAND U21 boss Noel King is excited about working with a new crop of players starting with a Saturday evening friendly game against Qatar's Olympic team in Aachan, Germany (6.00pm Irish).
King will be handing out a host of first appearances at this level with Manchester City goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, Cork City defender Brian Lenihan and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Darragh Lenihan amongst those appearing under King for the first time. Darragh Lenihan will also captain the side.
"It's always exciting working with a new crop of players and this game will be very useful for us," said King.
"All of the players have come in and their attitude has been spot-on. We are looking to bed in our ideas with them and see how the respond to what we ask them to do.
"The fact that Qatar are older than our lads will be an added plus as it's going to be a really good test for them.
"This is a game that is all about building for the future and everything has gone well so far."
Republic of Ireland squad:
Ian Lawlor (Manchester City)
Justin Merz (Karlsruher SC)
Luke Gallagher (Burnley)
Shane Griffin (Reading)
Pierce Sweeney (Reading)
Kevin Feely (Charlton Athletic)
Mason Watkins-Clark (Stoke City)
Bradley Lewis (Aston Villa)
Jack Connors (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers)
Kenneth McEvoy (Tottenham Hotspur)
Michael Drennan (Aston Villa)
Will Hayhurst (Preston North End)
Bradley Garmston (West Bromiwich Albion)
Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers)
Kieran Sadlier (West Ham Utd)
Jack Byrne (Manchester City)
Brian Lenihan (Cork City)
Saturday, May 24
Republic of Ireland v Qatar Olympic, Aachen, Germany (6.00pm Irish)