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Stephen Kenny Announces First Competitive Ireland U-21 XI

Stephen Kenny Announces First Competitive Ireland U-21 XI

The Ireland U21 side will kick-off their European Championship qualifying campaign against Luxembourg in less than an hours time in Tallaght, as Stephen Kenny takes charge of his first competitive game at the helm.

The former Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers gaffer, and suposedly heir to the Mick McCarthy throne with the senior international side, has named no less than three League of Ireland players in his eleven, with Bohemians defender Darragh Leahy, Waterford winger Zak Elbouzedi and UCD striker Neil Farrugia all starting.

There is plenty of experience as well in the side with Liverpool duo Conor Masterson and Caoimhin Kelleher both involved in a side that is captained by Brighton midfielder Jayson Molumby.

Norwich City striker Adam Idah spearheads the Irish attack.

Kenny and his side have been drawn alongside the likes of Italy and Sweden in Group One - as sides look beyond this summer's edition of the tournament, and to Hungary and Slovenia in 2021.

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Kenny was appointed to the role with the Irish youngsters in November on the same day McCarthy was announced as the senior team manager, with the Dubliner scheduled to become the senior coach in 2020 when McCarthy's contract with the FAI expires.

Kenny trod the line for last month's friendly against an Irish amateur side in Whitehall, a game the youngsters won 1-0 thanks to a Brandon Kavanagh strike.

Management will be looking for a more comprehensive display this afternoon against the minnows, particularly given the fact that the squad will not come together in a competitive capacity again until September.

Kenny will, however, bring a squad to this summer's Toulon Tournament in France.

You can catch all the action from Tallaght live on Eir Sport 1.

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