Arsenal’s Rhys Murphy opts for Rep of Ireland

Arsenal striker, Rhys Murphy who has hitherto represented England in competitive underage internationals has been granted International clearance and was immediately drafted into the Irish squad for the forthcoming UEFA Under-21 Championship Group 7 fixtures against Turkey and Hunghary.

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King has been forced to make a couple of changes for these games as in addition to the arrival of Murphy the former Aston Villa striker, James Collins now with Shrewsbury is another addition to the squad.

They replace Cardiff City’s Joe Mason and Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Aaron Doran, both of whom are injured and have been withdrawn by their clubs. The team also includes experienced U21 internationals ,Everton’s Shane Duffy, Sean Scannell of Crystal Palace and Chelsea’s Conor Clifford as well as Wigan’s James McCarthy.

The Republic host Hungary in their opening fixture at the Showgrounds, Sligo, on Thursday, September 1 (7.30pm). They will then travel to Manisa to play Turkey on Tuesday, September 6 (4.00pm Irish).

Tickets for the fixture v Hungary will be available from Sligo Rovers FC at the following times Tuesday, August 30th, and Wednesday, August 31st from 10.00am to 12.00pm & 2.00pm to 6.00pm at the Showgrounds, Club Reception Window. Price: €5 Adult, €2 Children.

Revised Republic of Ireland Under-21 Squad

Ian McLoughlin (MK Dons)

Aaron McCarey (Wolves)

Lanre Oyebanjo (York City)

Shane Duffy (Everton)

Gavin Gunning Dundee United)

Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic)

Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United)

Aidan White (Leeds United)

Richie Towell (Hibernian FC – on loan from Celtic FC)

Mark Connolly (Bolton Wanderers)

Adam Barton (Preston North End)

Conor Clifford (Chelsea)

James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic)

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County)

James Collins (Shrewsbury Town)

Robbie Brady (Hull City FC – on loan from Manchester United FC)

Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace)

Rhys Murphy (Arsenal)


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