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Free-To-Air Channel To Broadcast Games From Under-21 Toulon Tournament

Free-To-Air Channel To Broadcast Games From Under-21 Toulon Tournament

Stephen Kenny's first tournament as national under-21 manager will be  live on Irish television, after it was announced free-to-air channel FreeSports TV will broadcast all three Irish games at the 2019 Maurice Revello Toulon Tournament.

Kenny's side will kick-off their tournament on June 3 against China at 2.30pm, before facing Mexico three days later at 6.30pm and playing Bahrain three days later at 2pm.

Earlier this week, Kenny named the 22-man squad that will travel to the French south coast to play in the competition the national side have been absent from since 2002.

Earlier this week, Kenny said:

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We've never qualified for the European Championships at under-21 level so this tournament represents the highest level we'd have played at and we're set to play Mexico, China and Bahrain's Olympic squads, as they prepare to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

The Republic of Ireland's first game against China will have an interesting dynamic attached to it, with Kenny poised to come face-to-face with legendary Dutch coach Guus Hiddink on the sideline.

12 teams are set to compete at the tournament including England, France and Portugal, with the final taking place on Sunday, June 15.

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Aonghus Ó Maicín

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