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
 Italy 8 6 0 2 19 7 +12 18
 Serbia 8 5 1 2 18 10 +8 16
 Belgium 8 5 1 2 15 7 +8 16
 Cyprus 8 2 0 6 7 21 –14 6
 Northern Ireland 8 1 0 7 3 17 –14 3
  Belgium Cyprus Italy Northern Ireland Serbia
Belgium  2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3
Cyprus  0–6 0–2 3–0 2–1
Italy  1–3 7–1 3–0 3–2
Northern Ireland  0–1 1–0 0–2 1–4
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 Serbia on 9 September 2014.[1]

Caps and goals updated as of 9 September 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Conor Brennan (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Scotland Kilmarnock
1 1GK Chris Johns (1995-05-13) 13 May 1995 (age 19) 1 0 England Southampton
6 2DF Jamie Sendles-White (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 20) 8 0 England Queens Park Rangers
3 2DF Luke Conlan (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 20) 4 0 England Burnley
8 2DF Paddy McNair (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 19) 2 0 England Manchester United
4 2DF Josh Doherty (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 18) 1 0 England Watford
2 2DF Cameron Dummigan (1996-06-02) 2 June 1996 (age 18) 1 0 England Burnley
5 2DF Jamie Harney (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 18) 1 0 England West Ham United
13 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) 13 0 England Oldham Athletic
11 3MF Ryan Brobbel (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 21) 9 1 England Middlesbrough
14 3MF Cameron McGeehan (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 19) 3 0 England Norwich City
15 3MF Aaron Burns (1992-05-29) 29 May 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Northern Ireland Linfield
17 3MF Aaron McEneff (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 19) 1 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
16 3MF Liam Nolan (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 20) 1 0 England Crewe Alexandra
9 4FW James Gray (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 22) 12 2 England Accrington Stanley
18 4FW Kirk Millar (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 22) 11 0 Northern Ireland Linfield
10 4FW Michael Duffy (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City

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 Liam Donnelly (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 18) 6 0 England Fulham v.  Italy, 5 March 2014
DF Luke McCullough (1994-02-15) 15 February 1994 (age 20) 6 0 England Doncaster Rovers v.  Italy, 5 March 2014
DF Rhys Sharpe (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 20) 4 0 England Derby County v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
DF Adam Thompson (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 22) 11 1 England Southend United v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
DF Rory McKeown (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 21) 12 0 Scotland Raith Rovers 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 Northern Ireland Glenavon 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 20) 1 0 England Liverpool v.  Macedonia, 10 May 2012
DF Daniel Devine (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 22) 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 Seanan Clucas (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 21) 11 0 Northern Ireland Linfield v.  Italy, 5 March 2014
MF Johnny Gorman (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 22) 6 0 England Barrow 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 England Ilkeston v.  Cyprus, 19 November 2013
MF Greg Tempest (1993-12-28) 28 December 1993 (age 21) 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 England Southport v.  Belgium, 9 September 2013
MF Jude Winchester (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Northern Ireland Cliftonville v.  Cyprus, 30 May 2013
MF Matt Ball (1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 21) 5 0 England Farnborough v.  Cyprus, 30 May 2013
MF Chris Lester (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 20) 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 Cliftonville v.  Faroe Islands, 15 November 2011
FW Sean Shields (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 22) 2 0 England Dagenham & Redbridge v.  Italy, 5 March 2014
FW Caolan Lavery (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 22) 7 0 England Sheffield Wednesday v.  Italy, 5 March 2014
FW Shay McCartan (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 20) 3 0 England Accrington Stanley v.  Cyprus, 19 November 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. ^ "Northern Ireland 1-4 Serbia". UEFA. 9 September 2014. 

External links[edit]