Paul Doolin announces Under-18 squad for Swiss friendlies

Updated: November 6, 2012
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PAUL DOOLIN has announced his Republic of Ireland squad for two Under-18 friendlies against Switzerland v Republic of Ireland in Monthey next week.

The Irish will face the Swiss on Tuesday November 13 and Thursday November 15 in the Stadium Philippe Pottier in the southern Swiss town.

The friendly games will act as preparation for the under-19 campaign next season while several players will have the opportunity to stake a claim for inclusion in the UEFA U19 Championships elite qualifying round in May.

“It’s an opportunity to see this age group after they made the transition from last year’s Under-17 campaign,” said Doolin.

“Next year they will be looking to be in the Under-19s squad and I think it’s important to play games like this because if you work with them at Under-18 level it gives you a chance to have a look and give them the ideas for what you want in competitive games.

“With the elite phase in May perhaps one or two may come into consideration for those games. It’s also important for them to keep playing international football.

“We have a couple of new players in too that our scouting team identified in the UK including Lynden Gooch is an American-born player at Sunderland with Irish family background, Mason Watkins-Clarke is a similar player that our scouts have recommended. I’m also pleased that we have some home-based players involved too.

“Switzerland are decent and have a good record at underage level so it’ll be a good test. These games are not about the result but more towards getting them set for next year.”

Republic of Ireland U18 Squad:

Eric Grimes Leeds United FC

Shane Fagan Coventry City FC

Sean Long Reading FC

Ben McLaughlin Everton FC

Mason Watkins-Clarke Aston Villa FC

Kyle McFadden Norwich City FC

Ryan McConnell Manchester United FC

Evan Finnegan Doncaster Rovers FC

Sean Coyne UCD AFC

Johnny Leddy Ipswich Town FC

Gary O’Neill Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Dylan Hayes Derby County FC

Tom Mulroney St Patrick’s Athletic FC

Kevin O’Connor Waterford United FC

Dylan McGlade Middlesbrough FC

Adam Wixted Derby County FC

Jack Grealish Aston Villa FC

Alan O’Sullivan Aberdeen FC

Lynden Gooch Sunderland FC

Sam O’Connor Hull City FC

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