IRISH FOOTBALLING dynasties are alive and well this week as a former player's son has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U18s side that will face Sweden in Marbella twice this week.
Joshua Ireland, the son of ex Ireland international Stephen Ireland has been drafted into head coach Colin O'Brien's U18 and Tom Mohan's U19 training camps in May.
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Ireland was born in England and has been playing club football for Stoke City. He has played for England at U15 level.
He, like his father, has played in the middle of the pitch. He has made four appearances for Stoke's U18's this year.
Check out this set piece on his instagram
Colin O'Brien's squad last featured in a double-header friendly in August against Hungary. The first game ended in a 2-0 win, with the second a 2-2 draw.
Cathal Heffernan of Cork City is another name many will recognise in the squad. The defender is the son of Irish Olympians Rob and Marian.