Northern Ireland national under-21 football team

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Northern Ireland U21
Association Irish Football Association
Head coach Ian Baraclough
Most caps Sean Friars (21)
Top scorer Adrian Coote (4)
Liam Donnelly
David Healy
Josh Magennis
Sam Morrow
Oliver Norwood
Thomas Stewart
First colours
Second colours
First international
Republic of Ireland Rep. of Ireland 1–1 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
(Dalymount Park, Phibsborough; 8 March 1978)
Biggest win
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 5–0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(Mourneview Park, Lurgan; 16 November 2007)
Biggest defeat
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2–6 Greece Greece
(The Oval, Belfast; 1 April 2003)
&
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2–6 Iceland Iceland
(The Showgrounds, Coleraine; 8 September 2009)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 0

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 11–10–2016 14 1 2 11 33.3
England Ian Baraclough 08–06–2017 3 2 0 1 66.6
  • * first two games as caretaker manager

Results and fixtures 2017–2019[edit]

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 6 6 0 0 19 6 +13 18 Final tournament
2  Slovakia 7 4 0 3 12 15 −3 12 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Northern Ireland 7 3 2 2 11 10 +1 11
4  Iceland 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8
5  Albania (Z) 7 1 3 3 7 11 −4 6
6  Estonia (E) 7 0 1 6 7 15 −8 1
Updated to match(es) played on 27 March 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (Z) Cannot qualify directly, but can still qualify via play-offs.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Spain and Iceland on 22 & 26 March 2018.[1]

Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Conor Mitchell (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 22) 8 0 England Burnley
12 1GK Bailey Peacock-Farrell (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 21) 1 0 England Leeds United

4 2DF Liam Donnelly (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 22) 20 4 Scotland Motherwell
5 2DF Ryan Johnson (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 (age 21) 11 2 England Nuneaton Town
3 2DF Conor McDermott (1997-09-18) 18 September 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City
14 2DF Ben Hall (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 21) 3 0 England Notts County
21 2DF Bobby Burns (1999-10-07) 7 October 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Scotland Hearts

8 3MF Dale Gorman (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 22) 11 1 England Stevenage
10 3MF Jordan Thompson (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 21) 10 0 England Blackpool
11 3MF Mark Sykes (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 21) 7 1 Northern Ireland Glenavon
7 3MF Gavin Whyte (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 22) 7 0 England Oxford United
18 3MF Jamie McDonagh (1996-05-08) 8 May 1996 (age 22) 6 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City
6 3MF Ciaron Harkin (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Northern Ireland Coleraine

9 4FW Ben Kennedy (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 21) 7 0 England Stevenage
16 4FW Shayne Lavery (1998-12-08) 8 December 1998 (age 19) 5 2 England Everton
19 4FW David Parkhouse (1999-10-24) 24 October 1999 (age 18) 5 1 England Sheffield United
17 4FW Jamie McGonigle (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Northern Ireland Coleraine
22 4FW Rory Holden (1997-08-23) 23 August 1997 (age 20) 0 0 England Bristol 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 Conor Hazard (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Albania, 10 November 2017
GK Brett Long (1997-04-11) 11 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Northern Ireland Cliftonville v.  Estonia, 8 June 2017

DF Josh Doherty (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 22) 6 1 England Crawley Town v.  Spain, 22 March 2018
DF Ben Doherty (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City v.  Spain, 22 March 2018
DF Chris Paul (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 20) 3 0 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Spain, 22 March 2018
DF Cameron Dummigan (1996-06-02) 2 June 1996 (age 22) 17 0 England Oldham Athletic v.  Spain, 22 March 2018
DF Joe Crowe (1998-04-20) 20 April 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Limerick v.  Estonia, 8 June 2017
DF Jamal Lewis (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 20) 1 0 England Norwich City v.  Estonia, 8 June 2017
DF Connor Quigley (1997-12-04) 4 December 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Forfar Athletic v.  France, 11 October 2016
DF Michael Newberry (1997-12-30) 30 December 1997 (age 20) 0 0 England Newcastle United v.  France, 11 October 2016
DF Jamie Harney (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Northern Ireland Cliftonville v.  Serbia, 9 September 2014

MF Mark McKee (1998-12-01) 1 December 1998 (age 19) 0 0 England Stevenage v.  Spain, 22 March 2018
MF Kyle McClean (1998-10-03) 3 October 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland St Johnstone v.  Spain, 22 March 2018
MF Charlie Owens (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 (age 20) 2 0 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Estonia, 10 October 2017
MF Jake Dunwoody (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 19) 1 0 England Stoke City v.  Estonia, 10 October 2017
MF Shea Gordon (1998-05-16) 16 May 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Motherwell v.  Estonia, 10 October 2017
MF Joel Cooper (1996-02-29) 29 February 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Northern Ireland Glenavon v.  Estonia, 8 June 2017
MF Eoghan McCawl (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Northern Ireland Glentoran v.  Ukraine, 17 November 2015

FW Paul Smyth (1997-09-10) 10 September 1997 (age 20) 9 1 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Spain, 22 March 2018
FW Louis Rooney (1996-09-28) 28 September 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Northern Ireland Linfield v.  Estonia, 8 June 2017
FW Mikhail Kennedy (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 (age 22) 7 1 England Charlton Athletic v.  France, 11 October 2016
FW Robbie McDaid (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Northern Ireland Glentoran v.  Scotland, 29 March 2016

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 Liam Donnelly Fulham, Hartlepool United 2012– 20
3 Rory McArdle Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale 2006–2008 19
= Terry McFlynn Queens Park Rangers, Woking, Margate 2000–2003 19
= Thomas Stewart Wolverhampton Wanderers, Linfield 2006–2008 19
6 Chris Casement Ipswich Town, Dundee 2007–2009 18
7 Josh Magennis Cardiff City, Aberdeen 2009–2012 17
= Ciarán Toner Tottenham Hotspur 2000–2003 17
= Jeff Whitley Manchester City 1998–2000 17
= Cameron Dummigan Burnley, Oldham Athletic 2014– 17

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
= Liam Donnelly Fulham, Hartlepool United 2012– 4
= David Healy Manchester United 1998–1999 4
= Josh Magennis Cardiff City, Aberdeen 2009–2012 4
= Sam Morrow Hibernian 2005–2006 4
= Oliver Norwood Manchester United 2009–2012 4
= Thomas Stewart Wolverhampton Wanderers, Linfield 2006–2008 4
8 Gary Hamilton Blackburn Rovers, Portadown 2000–2001 3
= Mo Harkin Wycombe Wanderers 2000–2001 3
= Billy Kee Leicester City, Torquay United, Burton Albion 2009–2011 3
= Andrew Little Rangers 2008–2010 3
= Grant McCann West Ham United 2000–2001 3
= 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 1-0 Albania". UEFA. 31 August 2017. 

External links[edit]