U17 team named for opening UEFA qualifier against Bulgaria
Republic of Ireland Under-17 manager Sean McCaffrey has handed Leicester City defender Kevin Knight his first cap at this level for today's Under-17 UEFA qualifying first phase qualifier against mini-group hosts Bulgaria in Dobrich (kick-off 2pm, Irish time)
Knight missed the squad's warm-up tournament in Poland earlier this month due to injury but has recovered and will slot in at left-back for the opening qualifier.
Ireland are in a four-nation group along with the host nation, Latvia and Sweden vying to secure a top-two finish which would guarantee them qualification into the Elite section of the qualifying series to take place early next year.
McCaffrey's side will meet Latvia on Tuesday before wrapping up the group on Friday against Sweden.
The Swedes defeated Latvia 2-0 in today's other game, courtesy of two goals in the final 12 minutes.
Republic of Ireland U17 team v Bulgaria:
Sean McDermott - Arsenal
Michael Barker - Belvedere
Richard Bryan - Aston Villa
Sean McGinty - Manchester United
Kevin Knight - Leicester City
Carl McHugh - Reading
Shane Byrne - Leicester City
Frankie Sutherland - QPR
George Smith - Southend United
Brian McGroary - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Daniel Purdy - West Ham United
Jack Bonham - Watford
Ben Glasgow - Arsenal
Derrick Williams - Aston Villa
Neil Yadolahi - St. Kevin's Boys
Callum Webb - Arsenal
Anton Rodgers - Chelsea
Aiden O'Brien - Millwall.
Under-17 UEFA Championship first phase qualifiers:
Sunday, September 27 (2pm)
Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria, Druzhba - Dobrich
Tuesday, September 29 (1pm)
Republic of Ireland v Latvia, Albena Stadium
Friday, October 2nd (3pm)
Republic of Ireland v Sweden, Albena Stadium.