Ireland under-21 manager Noel King to use Netherlands friendly to evaluate squad

The under-21 manager will try to use as many players as possible in order to guage where his squad's strengths lie ahead of upcoming qualifying games
Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King will use his side's friendly international against the Netherlands this afternoon, Wednesday February 6, to evaluate his players ahead of the forthcoming Uefa under-21 European Championships qualifying games.

While acknowledging the importance of the result, the former Finn Harps and Derry City boss has placed emphasis on trying to see as many players as possible, in order to guage where his squad's strengths lie.

"If I could give everybody a game, I'd be delighted to do that," King told the Irish Times. "We want to try and win the game, but it's a priority to see the players – so that’s what we will try and do."

He continued: "The difficulty is not in not seeing them, it is in trying to evaluate a player in League Two, in League One, the Championship, the Premier League, on the fringes, in the under-21 squads, in the League of Ireland – they are all playing at different levels.

"To be able to say, if one does well in League Two, is he better than the fella that does okay in League One, that's the challenge. That's the most difficult part of the job, I find," he added.

Meanwhile, Paul Doolin's Republic of Ireland under-19 team defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 at Flancare Park, with goals from St Patrick's Athletic player Ryan Coombes and Kenny McEvoy sealing the victory.