PREVIEW | Sweden U21 v Ireland U21
Ireland will be looking for back-to-back wins against the group leaders who they claimed a 1-0 win over at Tallaght Stadium in November.
St. Patrick’s Athletic duo Darragh Burns and Joe Redmond have been called into an Under-21s squad for the first time with Crystal Palace’s Killian Phillips in the squad for the first time since October.
Fixture: Sweden U21 v Ireland U21
KO time: 5pm (Irish time), Tuesday, March 29
Stadium: Borås Arena, Borås, Sweden
Where to watch: RTÉ2 (coverage starts at 4.30pm)
Referee: Vitor Ferreira (Portugal)
Assistant referee: Paulo Brás (Portugal)
Assistant referee: Luis Carlos Lopes Costa (Portugal)
Fourth official: Helder Malheiro (Portugal)
Team News: Festy Ebosele, Evan Ferguson and Will Smallbone have been ruled out. Eiran Cashin has returned to his club as he awaits the completion of his paperwork.
What they said
Manager Jim Crawford: “Qualification is in our hands if we can win. And automatic qualification too with Montenegro taking points off Italy the other night. That’s certainly the aim and if we can, we get a point behind Sweden with a game in hand and that’s our target for now. It’s a huge game, it’s probably for me the most important Under-21s game to date.”
Ireland Under-21s captain Conor Coventry: “I see how hard all the staff work and how much qualification would mean to the staff and how much it would means to the boys. We’re such a close group and I don’t just mean the boys, I mean the staff as well. We love coming away and being together and any way we can prolong that would mean so much to us.”
Republic of Ireland Under-21 Squad
Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (Derry City), Luke McNicholas (Cliftonville, on loan from Sligo Rovers), David Odumosu (St. Patrick’s Athletic)
Defenders: Joel Bagan (Cardiff City), Andy Lyons (Shamrock Rovers), Oisin McEntee (Greenock Morton, on loan from Newcastle United), Mark McGuinness (Cardiff City), Jake O’Brien (Swindon Town, on loan from Crystal Palace), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers), Joe Redmond (St. Patrick's Athletic)
Midfielders: Conor Coventry (MK Dons, on loan from West Ham United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemians), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Killian Phillips (Crystal Palace), Ross Tierney (Motherwell)
Forwards: Darragh Burns (St. Patrick's Athletic), JJ Kayode (Rotherham United), Mipo Odubeko (Doncaster Rovers, on loan from West Ham United), Ollie O’Neill (Fulham), Colm Whelan (UCD), Tyreik Wright (Colchester United, on loan from Aston Villa)