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Ireland U17 Squad Named For European Championships

Ireland U17 Squad Named For European Championships

Colin O'Brien has named his Ireland U17 squad for the upcoming European Championships which will be held in Ireland.

The Ireland manager has left one spot open as negotiations with Spurs regarding the availability of Troy Parrott are ongoing.

It will be the third consecutive year that O'Brien has led Ireland at the European finals. His side lost to Croatia in 2017 and in a controversial quarter-final penalty shootout to the Netherlands last year.

Ireland have been placed in Group A along with Greece, Czech Republic and Belgium. The tournament gets underway on Friday, May 3rd.

"I can't stress it enough to the public, this really is the biggest competition that they can play in," said O'Brien.

It's the best of the best in Europe coming to Ireland - there is going to be some serious quality on the doorstep and we have some quality in our team as well.

Even for our own development, to play in front of an Irish crowd, getting behind the team, we know how well our supporters get behind our teams, and we really need that. We will need that 12th man, because tournament football is demanding, you have three games in seven days.

Every bit of support we can get, whether it is in Tallaght or coming down to the RSC, come out and support us.

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Squad
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Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Harry Halwax (Derby County)

Defenders: Sean McEvoy (Ballinmallard United), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Real Betis), Luke Turner (Aberdeen), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)

Midfielders: Charlie McCann (Manchester United), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Sean Kennedy (Sunderland), Festy Ebsoele (Derby County)

Forwards: Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City)

Fixtures - Group A

Friday, May 3: Republic of Ireland v Greece, Tallaght Stadium, KO 19:00
Monday, May 6: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, RSC Waterford, KO 19:00
Thursday, May 9: Republic of Ireland v Belgium, Tallaght Stadium, KO 19:00

Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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