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