U17 head coach Tom Mohan names squad to face Croatia
The games will bring the squad together for the last time before their upcoming European qualifiers next month against Austria and Georgia.
The squad sees debut U17 call ups for nine players, namely, Sean Burke, Fiacre Kelleher, Dylan Barnett, Dylan Kavanagh, Chris Flanagan, Danny Crowley and Spanish-born James Lindsay-Escofet. Reece Cox and Harry Charsley also earn their first U17 call ups also after impressing during a Christmas training camp in Dublin.
Danny Crowley features in the squad also after pledging his allegiance to Ireland ahead of England. Danny has played for Ireland at U-16 level, while representing England at U-16 and U-17 level also.
Speaking today, U17 head coach Tom Mohan said, ‘It’s great to have the squad assemble again before our next European qualifier games in March. Coupled with the training camp over Christmas, we will have seen over 60 players perform by then. We are missing a number of players due to injuries and Youth Cup fixtures, so some new players have been handed the opportunity to impress next week.’
When asked about the opposition Mohan said, ’Croatia are a strong squad, and have a similar style of play to Serbia and Georgia, who we are up against in our European qualifying group. We will use these two fixtures as an opportunity to experiment with the team before our crucial games next month.’
The team will assemble in Dublin on Saturday before flying to Croatia where they will play both fixtures. The first fixture will be played in Novigrad on Tuesday at 15.00 hrs (local time), while the second fixture will be played at 11.00 hrs (local time) in Umag.
Peter Burke Sunderland FC
Harry Doherty Charlton Athletic FC
Ryan Rainey Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Sean Burke Leicester City FC
Robin Dempsey Aston Villa FC
Bobby Moseley Birmingham City FC
Fiacre Kelleher Celtic FC
Dylan Barnett St. Joseph’s Boys FC
Cian Kavanagh St. Kevin’s Boys FC
Craig Donnellan College Corinthians FC
Reece Cox QPR FC
Jack Byrne Manchester City FC
Cody Mulhall Stella Maris FC
Cory Galvin Ipswich Town FC
Dylan Kavanagh St. Kevin’s Boys FC
Val Feeney Limerick City FC
Harry Charsley Everton FC
Chris Flanagan Finn Harps FC
Danny Crowley Aston Villa FC
Stephen Confrey St. Kevin’s Boys FC
James Lindsay-Escofet AE Josef Maria Gene FC