U-17 squad named for double-header against Hungary

U-17 squad named for double-header against Hungary

Republic of Ireland Under-17 manager Sean McCaffrey has unveiled a 22-man squad for a friendly double-header at home against Hungary on February 9 and 11.
31st Jan 2010


Ireland will host Hungary at Tolka Park and Carlisle Grounds, Bray respectively in what will be their final warm-up for the Under-17 UEFA Championship elite phase qualifiers taking place in Greece from March 19-24


The Irish booked their place in the elite phase by finishing top of their first section group in October, courtesy of victories over Bulgaria and Latvia coupled with a scoreless draw in the last match against fellow qualifiers Sweden.


McCaffrey' side are scheduled to meet Finland, Austria and host nation Greece in the mini-group with the aim of clinching top spot and the one available qualifying place into the European Championships in Liechtenstein in May.


The manager intends to use these pair of matches to prepare his squad for the task ahead in the qualifiers as well as integrate some new faces into the set-up.


"It's important that we maximise the value from these two games against Hungary as they're our last preparatory matches before the qualifiers in six weeks' time," said McCaffrey:


"There is a determination within this group of players to succeed in reaching the European Championship finals this summer and that sort of resilience was vital in the first phase when we won our first two games through late goals.


"I stated at the start of the season that all players would be considered throughout this campaign and I've brought in some new lads to have a look at. The opportunity is there for them to prove that they're worthy of a place in the panel for the next matches."


Amongst the new faces in the squad are Middlesbrough winger Ryan Brobbel, who qualifies for Ireland through parentage, and Conor Smith, a striker who recently joined Watford from Mullingar Athletic. Smith is currently featuring in the Sky One television programme ‘Football's Next Star.


There's a welcome return to the squad for Reading striker David Murphy (pictured above). A knee injury forced the withdrawal of the Wexford forward from the Ireland panel for a tournament in Poland last August and he also missed the subsequent qualifiers in Bulgaria.


Under-17 International Friendlies:

Tuesday February 9 (19.30hrs)
Republic of Ireland v Hungary
Tolka Park, Dublin

Thursday February 11 (19.30hrs)
Republic of Ireland v Hungary
Carlisle Grounds, Bray


Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad:

Sean McDermott (Arsenal)
Jack Bonham (Watford)
Alan Smith (Crumlin United)
Michael Barker (Belvedere)
Neil Yadolahi (Burnley)
Richard Bryan (Aston Villa)
Derrick Williams (Aston Villa)
Sean McGinty (Manchester United)
Kevin Knight (Leicester City)
Ben Glasgow (Arsenal)
Frankie Sutherland (QPR)
Shane Byrne (Leicester City)
Anton Rogers (Chelsea)
Carl McHugh (Reading)
Callum Webb (Arsenal)
Graham Burke (Belvedere)
George Smith (Southend United)
Ryan Brobbel (Middlesbrough)
Daniel Purdy (West Ham United)
David Murphy (Reading)
Conor Smith (Watford)
Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).