Ireland U-21: Stephen Kenny names squad for Italy and Iceland qualifiers

28 August 2019; Head coach Stephen Kenny during a Republic of Ireland U21 squad announcement at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland U-21 manager Stephen Kenny has named a 22-man squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Italy and Iceland. 

Ireland are set to face Italy at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday, October 10, with kick-off at 8.05pm, before flying to Reykjavik to take on Iceland on Tuesday, October 15, with kick-off at 4pm (3pm local time).

Attacking midfielder Connor Ronan comes back into the squad having missed the qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden through injury whilst Bohemians left-back Darragh Leahy has been ruled out of the qualifiers through injury.

Stephen Kenny’s U-21 side will be looking to maintain their excellent form which has seen the side claim three wins from the opening three matches in Group One.

It was announced last week that the fixture against Italy at Tallaght Stadium has sold out but the game will be live on eirSport, with kick-off at 8.05pm.

Republic of Ireland U-21 Squad

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City)

Defenders: Danny McNamara (Newport County, on loan from Millwall), Lee O’Connor (Celtic), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Masterson (QPR), Liam Scales (UCD AFC), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Kameron Ledwidge (Southampton)

Midfielders: Jayson Molumby (Millwall, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jason Knight (Derby County), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jack Taylor (Barnet), Connor Ronan (DAC Dunajská Streda, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dan Mandroiu (Bohemians), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford)

Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonathan Afolabi (Celtic), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Michael Obafemi (Southampton)

Ireland U-21 Media Schedule

– Republic of Ireland U-21 Training/Press Conference, FAI National Training Centre – Tuesday, October 8 (11:30*/14:00 approx) – Manager Stephen Kenny & two selected players available
*Media Access to the first 15 minutes of training

– Republic of Ireland U-21 Training/Pre-Match Media Briefing, Tallaght Stadium – Wednesday, October 9 (13:00*/14:15) – Manager Stephen Kenny available
*Media Access to the first 15 minutes of training

– Republic of Ireland U-21 v Italy, Tallaght Stadium – Thursday, October 10 (20:05pm)

– Republic of Ireland U-21 Training/Pre-match Media Briefing, Víkingsvöllur, Reykjavik – Monday, October 14 (15:00/16:15) – Manager Stephen Kenny available

– Iceland v Republic of Ireland U-21, Víkingsvöllur – Tuesday, October 15 (KO 15:00 (16:00 Irish Time))

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