Doolin names Ireland under-19 squad for Czech double-header

Paul Doolin has named his Republic of Ireland U19 squad for a friendly double-header against Czech Republic in February

Reading defender Pierce Sweeney and West Ham’s Sean Maguire have both been named in Republic of Ireland under-19 squad by manager Paul Doolin for the upcoming friendlies against Czech Republic.

The Boys in Green will face the Czechs in Longford on TuesdayFebruary 5 and again in Athlone two days later as they prepare for the Uefa Championships Elite Qualifying Round in June.

Doolin is pleased to have a number of players back at his disposal after injuries curtailed their involvement in the first phase in Luxembourg last October when the Irish finished joint-top of their group with Germany.

 "I'm very happy to have quite a few players fit again," said Doolin.

"We’re also taking in a couple of new ones including Ryan McConnell, who was with us with the U18s in November. He can play in a variety of roles and that is helpful with Noe Baba out injured for these games. Kyle McFadden is a centre-back who was injured for the U18s in Switzerland so we wanted to see him."

Highly rated midfielder Sean Maguire completed his move to the Hammers from Waterford United at the start of January and Doolin is delighted to have the starlet at his disposal.

"I'm also pleased to see Sean Maguire doing well since he went to West Ham in their U21s and I've brought Adam Evans from Burnley. He can play left or through the middle."

The U19 manager also confirmed that he and his squad will spend a week in Malaga to help prepare for the Elite Qualifying Round. Ireland will face Serbia, Slovakia and Switzerland in June and Doolin feels a week long training camp in March will prepare his squad in the right manner.

 "The qualification campaign so far has been great. To get seven points and come from 2-0 down to Germany to get a draw was a fantastic achievement, considering we had  just one friendly against Latvia. Some of the goals we scored were first class," said Doolin.

 "The Czech games are about building on what we've done so far. Played four and not lost any. We want to get the continuity going again. It's a decent batch of players. We'll be looking for good performances from individual players and build on what we did in Luxembourg."

Republic of Ireland U19 squad:

Ian Lawlor (Manchester City), Danny Rogers (Aberdeen), Kyle McFadden (Norwich City), Thomas Hoban (Watford), Pierce Sweeney (Reading), Ryan McConnell (Manchester United), Shane Griffin (Reading), Bradley Garmston (West Bromwich Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Luke Gallagher (Burnley), Kenneth McEvoy (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Sadlier (West Ham United), Michael Drennan (Aston Villa), Sam Byrne (Manchester United), Brandon Miele (Newcastle United), Ryan Coombes (St Patrick’s Athletic), Sean Maguire (West Ham United), Kealan Dillon (Hull City), Adam Evans (Burnley), Paul George (Celtic)


Tuesday, February 5

Republic of Ireland U19 v Czech Republic, Flancare Park, Longford (19:30 GMT)

Thursday, February 7

Republic of Ireland U19 v Czech Republic, Athlone Town Stadium (19:30 GMT)