Stephen Ireland's son included in Irish underage squad

Stephen Ireland's son included in Irish underage squad

Joshua Ireland is included in the squad.

Stephen Ireland's son has been included in an Irish underage squad, being coached by Tom Mohan.

Joshua Ireland had been playing at underage level for England but his father recently made it known that he was eager for Joshua to declare for Ireland.

The 16-year-old academy midfielder is currently playing his football at Stoke City.

Infamously, Joshua's dad Stephen scored four times in six appearances for the Republic, and was one of the country's most highly rated footballing prospects at one time.

However, he left the squad in extremely controversial circumstances, and his international career never really recovered from that point.

Ireland, who was a Manchester City star at the time, pretended his grandmother had died in order to get out of a crucial international match. This resulted in the young man getting entangled in a web of lies that continued to damage his reputation and fill the headlines for weeks to come.

Former Irish international Jon Walters is also involved in the camp, dipping his toes into the world of coaching for the first time.

A total of 36 players are taking part in the training camp, giving manager Tom Mohan a chance to examine all of the young players at his disposal.