Jim Crawford names exciting Ireland under 21 squad

Jim Crawford names exciting Ireland under 21 squad

A VERY strong squad.

Jim Crawford has named a seriously exciting Ireland under 21 squad to play in three friendlies in Spain.

His side will take on Switzerland, Australia and Denmark as preparation for their 2023 European Championship qualifiers against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Luxembourg in September.

Perhaps most notably, Sevilla’s Ryan Johansson is included after he was declared eligible to play for Ireland following clearance from FIFA just last week.

He is joined by Getafe’s John Joe Patrick Finn Benoa who is selected in his first Ireland international squad.

Sheffield Wendesday's Ciaran Brennan, Derby County’s Festy Ebosele and Lincoln City’s Sean Roughan get the U21s call for the first time as does UCD striker and League of Ireland First Division top scorer Colm Whelan.

Meanwhile, Dan Rose of Schalke 04, who was included in the initial squad ahead of the Wales friendly in March but was unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, will join the squad.

Fans of the young side will be able to watch Jim Crawford’s side with the matches against Switzerland and Australia to be shown live on Premier Sports 1 and FreeSports in Ireland and the UK.

Ireland’s game with Denmark on Saturday, June 5 (which kicks-off at 17:00pm) will be shown in full at a later time of 21:30pm on Premier Sports 1.