PREVIEW | Israel U21 v Ireland U21 | U21 EURO Play-Off
The two sides drew 1-1 in Tallaght Stadium on Friday and a victory in Israel will see the U21s reach their first ever European Championship.
Manager Jim Crawford has already reached an historic first U21 EURO Play-Off for an Ireland team but the U21s will be aiming to go one step further and write their names in Irish football history.
Fixture: Israel U21 v Republic of Ireland U21
KO time: 6.15pm (Irish time)
Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel
Where to watch: RTÉPlayer (Island of Ireland) / LOI TV (Ireland and UK). The game will also be shown live inside Aviva Stadium
Referee: Nathan Verboomen (Belgium)
Assistant: Mathias Hillaert (Belgium)
Assistant: Ruben Wyns (Belgium)
Fourth Official: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
Latest team news
Sligo Rovers’ Goalkeeper Luke McNicholas has returned to his club after sustaining an injury.
Evan Ferguson had been nursing a knock but trained in Tel Aviv on Monday.
Republic of Ireland Under-21s Manager Jim Crawford said: “There’s a real feeling of excitement throughout the group. People have said how well we played in the first leg but I believe we can play even better. These are the games you want to challenge yourself in and there’s an opportunity for these boys to go out and create a bit of history.”
Republic of Ireland Under-21s captain Conor Coventry: “For us to qualify is hard to put into words without sounding clichéd but it would be massive. It’s something we have been dreaming about for more than a year now.”
Republic of Ireland Under-21 Squad
Goalkeepers: Josh Keeley (Tottenham Hotspur), Brian Maher (Derry City), David Odomosu (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Defenders: Eiran Cashin (Derby County), Festy Ebosele (Udinese), Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (NAC Breda, on loan from Wolfsburg), Andy Lyons (Shamrock Rovers), Jake O’Brien (RWD Molenbeek, on loan from Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers), Joe Redmond (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Sean Roughan (Lincoln City)
Midfielders: Finn Azaz (Plymouth Argyle, on loan from Aston Villa), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Dawson Devoy (MK Dons), Joe Hodge (Wolves), Adam O’Reilly (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Will Smallbone (Stoke City, on loan from Southampton), Ross Tierney (Motherwell)
Forwards: Aaron Connolly (Venezia, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), Dara Costelloe (Burnley),Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joshua ‘JJ’ Kayode (MK Dons, on loan from Rotherham United), Ollie O’Neill (Fulham), Mipo Odubeko (Port Vale, on loan from West Ham United), Tyreik Wright (Bradford City, on loan from Aston Villa)
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Play-Offs (all times are Irish time)
Tuesday, September 27 | Israel U21 v Ireland U21, Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel KO 6.15pm (Live on RTÉPlayer and LOITV)