With the future of Irish football once again looking bright all eyes are on the Ireland U21s as they welcome Iceland to Turners Cross in preparation for their European Championship Qualification campaign. It'll be the U21s first run out in front in Cork in 14 years but if last year's attendances in Tallaght are anything to go by it should be a cracker. We have all the information on how to watch Ireland U21s v Iceland, who to look out for and what to expect.
When is Ireland U21s v Iceland?
Ireland U21s v Iceland is set for Sunday the 26th of March at 4pm in Turners Cross Cork.
How to watch Ireland v U21s v Iceland
While the game won't be on terrestrial TV, LOI TV will be broadcasting Ireland U21s v Iceland live from Turners Cross.
Sunday's game will see a new generation of Irish U21s head to Cork in preparation for their European qualifiers. Both Jim Crawford's side and Iceland head into this game in similar positions, with both teams poised to take part in the European Championship qualification play-offs. It will be their first game back in Ireland since they hosted Israel in a bouncing Tallaght Stadium.
The 20-man squad is made up of 13 uncapped players with just seven veterans and includes some of Ireland's most promising prospects like highly-rated Wolves midfielder Joe Hodge and Brighton's Andrew Moran, hopefully, the Irish side will be able to keep the Icelandic Viking claps to a minimum and start off the season well. Out of their last three encounters, Ireland has won just one, beating Iceland 3-1 in 2018. Unfortunately, the two most recent encounters have seen Ireland fall by a goal on both occasions once in Iceland and once in Tallaght.
Despite that, it's a new cycle of U21 football and with an injection of more competitive League of Ireland regular players and genuine Premier League prospects, Tim Crawford will be looking to do the job come Sunday.
Premier League prospects Wolve's Joe Hodge and Brighton's Andrew Moran both appear in Jim Crawford's squad for the games while Derry City regular Ollie O'Neill is also included. The Squad in full is,
CONFIRMED | Ireland U21 squad for International Friendly with Iceland in Cork ☘️
A first Ireland call-up for @Official_NCFC Tiernan Brooks 👏
🇮🇪 v 🇮🇸
📍| Turner’s Cross, Cork
📆 | Sunday, March 26
⌚️| KO 4pm
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— Ireland Football ⚽️🇮🇪 (@IrelandFootball) March 15, 2023
On the other hand, Iceland come into the game with the vast majority of their squad still playing in-country, nearly the polar opposite to Ireland whose team in general are nearly all at least signed to clubs in England. Click here for Iceland's matchday squad.
That's all the info you need on how to watch Ireland U21s v Iceland in Turners Cross on Sunday.
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