Northern Ireland national under-21 football team

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Northern Ireland U21
Association Irish Football Association
Head coach Jim Magilton
Most caps 21 Sean Friars (1998-2001)
Top scorer 4 (six players)
First colours
Second colours
First international
8 March 1978, Republic of Ireland Rep. Ireland U21 1-1 Northern Ireland U21 Northern Ireland FR
Biggest win
10 May 2006, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland U21 5-0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein U21
ECQ
Biggest defeat
1 April 2003, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland U21 2-6 Greece Greece U21 ECQ

The Northern Ireland national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Northern Ireland.

Former coaches[edit]

Name From To Record
P W D L %W
Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower 08-03-1978 1 0 1 0 0.0
Northern Ireland Billy Bingham 03-04-1990 1 1 0 0 100.0
Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton 22-03-1994 1 0 1 0 0.0
Northern Ireland Roy Millar 21-04-1998 1 1 0 0 100.0
Northern Ireland Chris Nicholl 20-05-1998 08-10-1999 13 3 5 5 23.1
Northern Ireland Roy Millar 28-03-2000 26-03-2008 48 17 9 22 35.4
England Steve Beaglehole 19-08-2008 15-11-2011 21 4 3 14 19.0
Northern Ireland Steve Robinson 10-05-2012 15-10-2013 10 0 0 10 0.0
Northern Ireland Jim Magilton* 14-11-2013 05-03-2014 2 1 0 2 33.3
  • * first two games as caretaker manager

Results and fixtures 2013–2015[edit]

2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Serbia 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13
 Belgium 7 4 1 2 9 7 +2 13
 Italy 6 4 0 2 9 4 +5 12
 Cyprus 6 2 0 4 6 8 –2 6
 Northern Ireland 7 1 0 6 2 13 –11 3
  Belgium Cyprus Italy Northern Ireland Serbia
Belgium  2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3
Cyprus  0–2 3–0 2–1
Italy  1–3 3–0
Northern Ireland  0–1 1–0 0–2
Serbia  2–2 2–1 1–0 3–1


Other fixtures[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Italy on 5 March 2014.[1]

Caps and goals updated as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Connor Brennan (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
12 1GK Chris Johns (1995-05-13) 13 May 1995 (age 19) 0 0 England Southampton
6 2DF Jamie Sendles-White (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 20) 7 0 England Queens Park Rangers
2 2DF Liam Donnelly (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 18) 6 0 England Fulham
5 2DF Luke McCullough (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 20) 6 0 England Doncaster Rovers
3 2DF Luke Conlan (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 19) 3 0 England Burnley
17 2DF Paddy McNair (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 19) 1 0 England Manchester United
14 2DF Rhys Marshall (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Northern Ireland Glenavon
7 3MF Carl Winchester (1993-04-12) 12 April 1993 (age 21) 12 0 England Oldham Athletic
4 3MF Seanan Clucas (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 21) 11 0 Unattached
10 3MF Ryan Brobbel (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 21) 8 0 England Middlesbrough
15 3MF Johnny Gorman (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 21) 6 0 Unattached
8 3MF Cameron McGeehan (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 19) 2 0 England Norwich City
18 3MF Liam Nolan (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 19) 1 0 England Crewe Alexandra
9 4FW James Gray (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 22) 11 2 England Accrington Stanley
11 4FW Kirk Millar (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 22) 10 0 England Oldham Athletic
13 4FW Caolan Lavery (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 21) 7 0 England Sheffield Wednesday
16 4FW Sean Shields (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 England Dagenham & Redbridge

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team and remain eligible.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ross Glendinning (1993-05-18) 18 May 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Northern Ireland Linfield v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
GK Wayne Drummond (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Northern Ireland Loughgall v.  Scotland, 17 November 2010
DF Rhys Sharpe (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 19) 4 0 England Derby County v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
DF Adam Thompson (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 21) 11 1 England Southend United v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
DF Rory McKeown (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 21) 12 0 Scotland Kilmarnock v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
DF Dominic Ball (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 19) 2 0 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Belgium, 9 September 2013
DF Josh Robinson (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Northern Ireland Crusaders v.  Cyprus, 30 May 2013
DF Paddy McNally (1994-08-20) 20 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Cyprus, 30 May 2013
DF Chris Hegarty (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Northern Ireland Linfield v.  England, 13 November 2012
DF Ryan McLaughlin (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 19) 1 0 England Liverpool v.  Macedonia, 10 May 2012
DF Daniel Devine (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle v.  Wales, 9 February 2011
DF Liam Bagnall (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Northern Ireland Warrenpoint Town v.  Scotland, 17 November 2010
DF Dean Jarvis (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City v.  San Marino, 2 March 2010
MF Aaron Burns (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Northern Ireland Linfield v.  Italy, 5 March 2014
MF Josh Carson (1992-04-06) 6 April 1992 (age 22) 12 0 England York City v.  Italy, 5 March 2014
MF David Morgan (1994-07-04) 4 July 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Unattached v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
MF Greg Tempest (1993-12-28) 28 December 1993 (age 20) 6 0 England Notts County v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
MF Paul McElroy (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 20) 1 0 England Hull City v.  Serbia, 15 October 2013
MF Andrew Mitchell (1992-04-06) 6 April 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Unattached v.  Belgium, 9 September 2013
MF Jude Winchester (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Scotland Kilmarnock v.  Cyprus, 30 May 2013
MF Matt Ball (1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Unattached v.  Cyprus, 30 May 2013
MF Chris Lester (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 19) 1 0 England Bolton Wanderers v.  Cyprus, 30 May 2013
MF James Knowles (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Northern Ireland Linfield v.  Faroe Islands, 15 November 2011
FW Shay McCartan (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 20) 3 0 England Accrington Stanley v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
FW Michael Duffy (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City v.  Serbia, 15 October 2013
FW Jamie Reid (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 20) 2 0 England Exeter City v.  Serbia, 15 October 2013
FW Rory Donnelly (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 England Swansea City v.  Denmark, 14 August 2013
FW Liam McAlinden (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 22) 3 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  England, 13 November 2012
FW Michael McLellan (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Northern Ireland Ballymena United v.  Denmark, 6 September 2011

Player records[edit]

Top Appearances[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Sean Friars Liverpool, Ipswich Town 1998–2001 21
2 Rory McArdle Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale 2006–2008 19
2 Terry McFlynn Queens Park Rangers, Woking, Margate 2000–2003 19
2 Thomas Stewart Wolverhampton Wanderers, Linfield 2006–2008 19
5 Chris Casement Ipswich Town, Dundee 2007–2009 18
6 Josh Magennis Cardiff City, Aberdeen 2009–2012 17
6 Ciarán Toner Tottenham Hotspur 2000–2003 17
6 Jeff Whitley Manchester City 1998–2000 17
9 David Buchanan Bury 2006–2008 15
9 Aaron Callaghan Limavady United, Ballymena United, Derry City 2006–2008 15
9 Trevor Carson Sunderland 2006–2009 15
9 Craig Cathcart Manchester United 2006–2009 15
9 Richard Graham Queens Park Rangers 1998–2001 15

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Adrian Coote Norwich City 1998–1999 4
1 David Healy Manchester United 1998–1999 4
1 Josh Magennis Cardiff City, Aberdeen 2009–2012 4
1 Sam Morrow Hibernian 2005–2006 4
1 Oliver Norwood Manchester United 2009–2012 4
1 Thomas Stewart Wolverhampton Wanderers, Linfield 2006–2008 4
7 Gary Hamilton Blackburn Rovers, Portadown 2000–2001 3
7 Mo Harkin Wycombe Wanderers 2000–2001 3
7 Billy Kee Leicester City, Torquay United, Burton Albion 2009–2011 3
7 Andrew Little Rangers 2008–2010 3
7 Grant McCann West Ham United 2000–2001 3
7 Chris Turner Sligo Rovers, Bohemian 2006–2008 3

Note: Club(s) represents the permanent clubs during the player's time in the Under-21s.

Under-21 graduates[edit]

Players who have won 15 of more Northern Ireland 'Full' caps after playing for Northern Ireland U21 (Correct as of end of the 2011/12 season)

Name U21 Caps/Goals U21 Career Full Caps/Goals
Chris Baird 6/0 2002-2003 56/0*
Kingsley Black 1/0 1990 30/1
Noel Brotherston 1/0 1978 27/3
Chris Brunt 2/1 2005-2006 30/1*
Tony Capaldi 14/0 2001-2003 22
Roy Carroll 11/0 1998-1999 20/0*
Sammy Clingan 11/1 2003-2006 32/0*
Steven Davis 3/0 2003-2004 52/3*
Mal Donaghy 1/0 1978 91/0
Iain Dowie 1/0 1990 59
Stuart Elliott 3/0 1998-1999 39/4
Corry Evans 10/0 2008-2010 16/1*
Jonny Evans 3/0 2006 29/1*
Warren Feeney 8/2 2001-2003 46/5*
Keith Gillespie 1/0 1994 86/2
Danny Griffin 10/1 1998-1999 29/1
Billy Hamilton 1/0 1978 42/5
David Healy 8/4 1998-1999 93/35*
Michael Hughes 1/0 1990 71/5
Damien Johnson 11/0 1998-1999 56/0
Kyle Lafferty 2/0 2006 30/9*
Neil Lennon 2/0 1990-1994 40/2
Jim Magilton 1/0 1990 52/5
Grant McCann 9/3 2000-2001 39/4*
George McCartney 5/0 2000-2001 33/1*
David McCreery 1/0 1978 67/0
Ryan McGivern 5/1 2009-2011 16/0*
Gerard McMahon 1/0 1994 18/2
Paul McVeigh 11/0 1998-1999 20/0
Phil Mulryne 5/1 1998-1999 27/3
Jimmy Nicholl 1/0 1978 73/1
John O'Neill 1/0 1978 39/2
Michael O'Neill 1/0 1994 31/4
Darren Patterson 1/0 1994 17/1
James Quinn 1/0 1994 50/4
Maik Taylor 1/0 1998 88/0*
Jeff Whitley 17/1 1998-2000 20/2
  • * Player still active.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNDER-21S TO TAKE ON ITALY". Northern Ireland FA. 5 March 2014. 

External links[edit]