Northern Ireland national under-21 football team

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Northern Ireland Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationIrish Football Association
Head coachIan Baraclough
Most capsLiam Donnelly (24)
Top scorerLiam Donnelly
Shayne Lavery (5)
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
Appearances0

The Northern Ireland national under-21 football team also known as the Northern Ireland under-21s or Northern Ireland U21s, is the national under-21 football team of Northern Ireland and is controlled by the Irish Football Association. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. To date Northern Ireland haven't yet qualified for the finals tournament.

The national under-21 team is the highest level of youth football in Northern Ireland, and is open to any players who were born in Northern Ireland or whose parents or grandparents were born in Northern Ireland. This team is for Northern Irish players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s.

Competitive Record[edit]

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record[edit]

UEFA Under-21 Football Championship finals record Qualification record Manager(s)
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not enter Did not enter None
1980
1982
1984
1986
1988
1990
1992
France 1994
Spain 1996
Romania 1998
Slovakia 2000 Did not qualify 8 1 3 4 5 9 Chris Nicholl
Switzerland 2002 10 2 2 6 12 21 Roy Millar
Germany 2004 8 2 1 5 8 16
Portugal 2006 Did not enter Did not enter None
Netherlands 2007 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6 Roy Millar
Sweden 2009 8 4 0 4 13 12 Roy Millar, Steve Beaglehole[1]
Denmark 2011 8 2 1 5 12 16 Steve Beaglehole
Israel 2013 8 1 1 6 5 13 Steve Beaglehole, Stephen Robinson[2]
Czech Republic 2015 8 1 0 7 3 17 Stephen Robinson, Jim Magilton [3]
Poland 2017 10 0 2 8 6 18 Jim Magilton
ItalySan Marino 2019 10 6 2 2 15 11 Ian Baraclough
HungarySlovenia 2021 To be determined 5 0 3 2 2 6 Ian Baraclough
Total - 0/22 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 85 19 15 51 83 145 -

Results and fixtures[edit]

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

2021 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship[edit]

Group stage[edit]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 5 5 0 0 13 5 +8 15 Final tournament 2–1 13 Oct '20 4 Sep '20 2–1 5–1
2  Romania 5 3 1 1 11 3 +8 10 Final tournament if best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
31 Mar '20 4–1 3–0 3–0 13 Oct '20
3  Finland 5 2 1 2 8 6 +2 7 0–1 4 Sep '20 8 Sep '20 1–1 4–0
4  Ukraine 4 1 0 3 6 8 −2 3 2–3 9 Oct '20 0–2 31 Mar '20 4–0
5  Northern Ireland 5 0 3 2 2 6 −4 3 8 Sep '20 0–0 9 Oct '20 13 Oct '20 0–0
6  Malta 4 0 1 3 1 13 −12 1 9 Oct '20 8 Sep '20 31 Mar '20 27 Mar '20 4 Sep '20
Updated to match(es) played on 19 November 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualifying tiebreakers

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 1998 will be eligible until the completion of the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[4]

The following players were named in the squad for the friendly game against  Hungary and the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier against  Romania on the 15 & 19 November 2019.[5]

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019 after the match against  Romania. Names in bold denote players who have been capped for the senior team.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Liam Hughes (2001-08-19) 19 August 2001 (age 18) 2 0 Scotland Celtic
12 1GK Nathan Gartside (1998-03-08) 8 March 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City

3 2DF Bobby Burns (1999-10-07) 7 October 1999 (age 20) 10 0 Australia Newcastle Jets
4 2DF Kofi Balmer (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 19) 8 0 Northern Ireland Ballymena United
2 2DF Eoin Toal (1999-02-15) 15 February 1999 (age 20) 7 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City
14 2DF Lewis Thompson (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 20) 6 1 England Blackburn Rovers
5 2DF Caolan Marron (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Northern Ireland Glenavon
15 2DF Sean Graham (2000-11-20) 20 November 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Northern Ireland Larne
13 2DF Jack Scott (2002-09-22) 22 September 2002 (age 17) 2 0 England Wolves

6 3MF Jake Dunwoody (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 21) 11 1 England Stoke City
11 3MF Shea Gordon (1998-05-16) 16 May 1998 (age 21) 8 0 Scotland Partick Thistle
8 3MF Caolan Boyd-Munce (2000-01-26) 26 January 2000 (age 19) 7 0 England Birmingham City
10 3MF Ethan Galbraith (2001-05-11) 11 May 2001 (age 18) 7 0 England Manchester United
7 3MF Alfie McCalmont (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 19) 7 1 England Leeds United
16 3MF Cameron Palmer (2000-05-15) 15 May 2000 (age 19) 7 0 Scotland Partick Thistle
17 3MF Chris Gallagher (1999-03-30) 30 March 1999 (age 20) 4 0 Northern Ireland Glentoran
18 3MF Alistair McCann (1999-12-04) 4 December 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Scotland St Johnstone

9 4FW David Parkhouse (1999-10-24) 24 October 1999 (age 20) 14 2 Republic of Ireland Derry City
19 4FW Paul O'Neill (2000-01-07) 7 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Northern Ireland Glentoran
20 4FW Harry Robinson (2000-09-26) 26 September 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Northern Ireland Crusaders

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have previously been called up to the Northern Ireland under-21 squad in the last year 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 21) 8 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Romania, 14 October 2019
GK Tommy Scott (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 20) 0 0 England Southampton v.  Finland, 10 September 2019
GK Declan Dunne (2000-03-31) 31 March 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Northern Ireland Cliftonville v.  Mexico, 25 March 2019
GK Jared Thompson (1999-02-23) 23 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Unattached v.  Mexico, 25 March 2019

DF Ciaron Brown (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Wales Cardiff City v.  Romania, 14 October 2019
DF Jack O'Mahony (2000-02-26) 26 February 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Northern Ireland Glenavon v.  Romania, 14 October 2019
DF Sam McClelland (2002-01-04) 4 January 2002 (age 17) 0 0 England Chelsea v.  Romania, 14 October 2019
DF Pierce Bird (1999-04-16) 16 April 1999 (age 20) 5 0 England Notts County v.  Finland, 10 September 2019
DF Nathan Kerr (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Northern Ireland Glentoran v.  Mexico, 25 March 2019
DF Danny Amos (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 20) 1 0 England Doncaster Rovers v.  Mexico, 25 March 2019
DF Daniel Finlayson (2001-01-19) 19 January 2001 (age 18) 1 0 Scotland Rangers v.  Mexico, 25 March 2019

MF Kyle McClean (1998-10-03) 3 October 1998 (age 21) 6 0 Unattached v.  Romania, 14 October 2019
MF Liam Coyle (1999-12-06) 6 December 1999 (age 19) 0 0 England Liverpool v.  Bulgaria, 22 March 2019

FW Lewis McCann (2001-06-07) 7 June 2001 (age 18) 3 0 Scotland Dunfermline Athletic v.  Romania, 14 October 2019
FW Shayne Lavery (1998-12-08) 8 December 1998 (age 20) 12 5 Northern Ireland Linfield v.  Romania, 14 October 2019
FW Callum Ferris (2001-07-05) 5 July 2001 (age 18) 1 0 Northern Ireland Portadown v.  Finland, 10 September 2019
FW Josh Kelly (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 20) 2 0 England Maidenhead United v.  Mexico, 25 March 2019
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.
  • RET Player retired from the national team.
  • SEN Player withdrew from the squad due to a call up to the senior team.

Player records[edit]

Top appearances[edit]

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019 after the match against  Romania.

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Caps
1 Liam Donnelly Fulham, Hartlepool United, Motherwell 2012–2018 24
2 Sean Friars Liverpool, Ipswich Town 1998–2001 21
3 Terry McFlynn Queens Park Rangers, Woking, Margate 2000–2003 19
Rory McArdle Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale 2006–2008 19
Thomas Stewart Wolverhampton Wanderers, Linfield 2006–2008 19
6 Chris Casement Ipswich Town, Dundee 2007–2009 18
Cameron Dummigan Burnley, Oldham Athletic 2014–2018 18
8 Jeff Whitley Manchester City 1998–2000 17
Ciarán Toner Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient 2000–2003 17
Josh Magennis Cardiff City, Aberdeen 2009–2012 17

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

Top goalscorers[edit]

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019 after the match against  Romania.

Rank Player Club(s) Year(s) U-21 Goals
1 Liam Donnelly Fulham, Hartlepool United, Motherwell 2012–2018 5
Shayne Lavery Everton, Linfield 2016– 5
3 Adrian Coote Norwich City 1998–1999 4
David Healy Manchester United 1998–1999 4
Sam Morrow Hibernian 2005–2006 4
Thomas Stewart Wolverhampton Wanderers, Linfield 2006–2008 4
Josh Magennis Cardiff City, Aberdeen 2009–2012 4
Oliver Norwood Manchester United 2009–2012 4
9 Gary Hamilton Blackburn Rovers, Portadown 2000–2001 3
Mo Harkin Wycombe Wanderers 2000–2001 3
Grant McCann West Ham United 2000–2001 3
Lee McEvilly Rochdale 2002–2003 3
Chris Turner Sligo Rovers, Bohemian 2006–2008 3
Andrew Little Rangers 2008–2010 3
Billy Kee Leicester City, Torquay United, Burton Albion 2009–2011 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 25 or more Northern Ireland 'Full' caps after playing for Northern Ireland U21.

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Full caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019 after the Northern Ireland senior team match against  Germany.

Name U21 Caps U21 Goals U21 Career Full Caps Full Goals Full Career
Chris Baird 6 1 2002–2003 79 0 2003–2016
Kingsley Black 1 0 1990 30 1 1988–1994
Noel Brotherston 1 0 1978 27 3 1980–1985
Chris Brunt 2 1 2005–2006 65 3 2004–2017
Roy Carroll 11 0 1998–1999 45 0 1997–
Craig Cathcart 15 0 2006–2009 50 2 2010–
Sammy Clingan 11 1 2003–2006 39 0 2006–2014
Stuart Dallas 2 0 2011–2012 44 3 2011–
Steven Davis 3 0 2003–2004 117 12 2005–
Mal Donaghy 1 0 1978 91 0 1980–1994
Iain Dowie 1 1 1990 59 12 1990–2000
Stuart Elliott 3 0 1998–1999 39 4 2000–2007
Corry Evans 10 0 2008–2010 59 2 2009–
Jonny Evans 3 0 2006 84 4 2006–
Warren Feeney 8 2 2001–2003 46 5 2002–2011
Shane Ferguson 11 0 2008–2012 42 1 2009–
Keith Gillespie 1 0 1994 86 2 1994–2008
Danny Griffin 10 1 1998–1999 29 1 1996–2004
Billy Hamilton 1 0 1978 41 5 1979–1989
David Healy 8 4 1998–1999 95 36 2000–2013
Michael Hughes 1 0 1990 71 5 1991–2004
Damien Johnson 11 0 1998–1999 56 0 1999–2010
Kyle Lafferty 2 0 2006 75 20 2006–
Neil Lennon 2 0 1990–1994 40 2 1994–2002
Josh Magennis 17 4 2009–2012 50 7 2010–
Jim Magilton 1 0 1990 52 5 1991–2002
Grant McCann 11 3 2000–2001 39 4 2001–2012
George McCartney 5 0 2000–2001 34 1 2001–2010
David McCreery 1 0 1978 67 0 1976–1990
Michael McGovern 10 0 2005–2006 31 0 2010–
Conor McLaughlin 7 0 2010–2012 38 1 2011–
Paddy McNair 2 0 2014 34 3 2015–
Philip Mulryne 5 1 1998–1999 27 3 1997–2007
Jimmy Nicholl 1 0 1978 73 1 1976–1986
Oliver Norwood 11 4 2009–2012 57 0 2010–2019
John O'Neill 1 0 1978 39 2 1980–1986
Michael O'Neill 1 0 1994 31 4 1988–1996
James Quinn 1 0 1994 50 4 1996–2007
Maik Taylor 1 0 1998 88 0 1999–2011
Jamie Ward 7 2 2006–2008 35 4 2011–

Managers[edit]

  Current manager highlighted in green

Last updated after the match against  Romania on 19 November 2019.

Manager First Game Last Game Pld W D L GF GA GD Win % Draw % Loss %
Northern Ireland Danny Blanchflower 8 March 1978 vs. Republic of Ireland 8 March 1978 vs. Republic of Ireland 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0.00% 100.00% 0.00%
Northern Ireland Billy Bingham 3 April 1990 vs. Israel 3 April 1990 vs. Israel 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton 22 March 1994 vs. Romania 22 March 1994 vs. Romania 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 0.00%
Northern Ireland Roy Millar 21 April 1998 vs. Switzerland 21 April 1998 vs. Switzerland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Northern Ireland Chris Nicholl 20 May 1998 vs. Scotland 8 October 1999 vs. Finland 13 3 5 5 11 13 –2 23.08% 38.46% 38.46%
Northern Ireland Roy Millar 28 March 2000 vs. Malta 26 March 2008 vs. Romania 48 17 9 22 62 80 –18 35.42% 18.75% 45.83%
England Steve Beaglehole 19 August 2008 vs. Poland 15 November 2011 vs. Serbia 21 4 3 14 23 39 –16 19.05% 14.29% 66.67%
Northern Ireland Steve Robinson 10 May 2012 vs. North Macedonia 15 October 2013 vs. Serbia 10 0 0 10 5 24 –19 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
Northern Ireland Jim Magilton* 14 November 2013 vs. Italy 11 October 2016 vs. France 14 1 2 11 8 27 –19 7.14% 14.29% 78.57%
England Ian Baraclough 8 June 2017 vs. Estonia 19 9 6 4 22 19 +3 47.37% 31.58% 21.05%
Total 129 36 27 66 136 205 -69 27.91% 20.93% 51.16%
  • * first two games as caretaker manager

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roy Millar managed for the first seven qualifying matches. Steve Beaglehole managed the last game of the qualification campaign.
  2. ^ Steve Beaglehole managed for the first five qualifying matches. Stephen Robinson managed the remainder of the qualification campaign.
  3. ^ Stephen Robinson managed for the first four qualifying matches. Jim Magilton managed the remainder of the qualification campaign.
  4. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2019-21" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  5. ^ "U21s squad for matches against Hungary and Romania revealed". 8 November 2019.

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