Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team

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Republic of Ireland Under-21
Nickname(s)Boys in Green
AssociationFootball Association of Ireland (FAI)
Head coachJim Crawford
Most capsConor Coventry (25)
Top scorerRobbie Brady (7)
Kevin Doyle (7)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Republic of Ireland Rep. Ireland U21 1–1 Northern Ireland U21
(Dublin; 8 March 1978)
Biggest win
Republic of Ireland Rep. Ireland U21 5–0 Estonia U21 Estonia
(Tallaght Stadium, Dublin; 10 August 2010)
Biggest defeat
Germany Germany U21 8–0 Rep. Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Baunatal; 23 March 1993)
Best resultHave never qualified

The Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team, is the national under-21 football team of the Republic of Ireland and is controlled by the Football Association of Ireland. The team played its first match in 1978 and has competed in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship since 1988.

History[edit]

As a European under-21 team, the Republic of Ireland participates in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which takes place every two years. There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. Ireland did not enter the first five Under-21 Championships, entering for the first time in 1988 but failing to qualify. Ireland have never qualified for the European Under-21 Championships.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship record UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record
Year Round Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not enter
1980
1982
1984
1986
1988 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 3 7
1990 Did not enter
1992 Did not qualify 6 1 0 5 5 14
France 1994 8 1 1 6 7 20
Spain 1996 8 2 2 4 7 9
Romania 1998 8 3 0 5 11 7
Slovakia 2000 8 4 2 2 13 12
Switzerland 2002 8 4 1 3 10 7
Germany 2004 8 2 2 4 8 11
Portugal 2006 8 1 2 5 10 14
Netherlands 2007 2 1 0 1 2 1
Sweden 2009 8 1 2 5 4 14
Denmark 2011 10 1 4 5 5 11
Israel 2013 8 4 1 3 15 10
Czech Republic 2015 8 2 2 4 10 12
Poland 2017 10 4 0 6 14 17
Italy 2019 10 4 2 4 12 15
Hungary Slovenia 2021 10 6 1 3 15 8
Romania Georgia (country) 2023 To be decided Ongoing
Total 122 37 24 61 143 176
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.

Results and fixtures[edit]

2021[edit]

26 March 2021 Friendly Wales  1–2  Republic of Ireland Gresford, Wales
13:00 GMT Adams 12' Report Afolabi 76'
Boyes 77' (o.g.)
Stadium: Colliers Park

2022[edit]

Staff[edit]

The Under-21s' management team includes:[1]

Position Name Appointed
Head Coach Republic of Ireland Jim Crawford 5 April 2020
Assistant Coach Republic of Ireland John O'Shea 5 April 2020
Assistant Coach Republic of Ireland Alan Reynolds 9 July 2020
Goalkeeping Coach Republic of Ireland Rene Gilmartin 24 April 2020
Strength & Conditioning Coach Republic of Ireland Eoin Clarkin 24 April 2020
Lead Performance Analyst Republic of Ireland Martin Doyle 2020
Performance Analyst Republic of Ireland Aaron Roe 2021
Sports Scientist Republic of Ireland Adam Fox 2021
Physiotherapist Brazil Glauber Barduzzi 24 April 2019
Sports Therapist Republic of Ireland Conor Sheils 2020
Doctor Republic of Ireland Dr Mortimer O'Connor 2021
Kitman Republic of Ireland Neil Fox 2020

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 2000 are eligible for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following players were called up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Italy on 3, 6 & 14 June respectively.[2] Caps and goals updated as of 14 June 2022, after the game vs Italy.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Brian Maher (2000-11-01) 1 November 2000 (age 21) 13 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City
16 1GK Luke McNicholas (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers
1GK David Harrington (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Cork City

2 2DF Lee O'Connor (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 21) 24 1 England Tranmere Rovers
4 2DF Mark McGuinness (2001-01-05) 5 January 2001 (age 21) 13 1 Wales Cardiff City
13 2DF Jake O'Brien (2001-05-15) 15 May 2001 (age 21) 9 0 England Crystal Palace
3 2DF Joel Bagan (2001-09-03) 3 September 2001 (age 20) 8 0 Wales Cardiff City
15 2DF Andy Lyons (2000-08-02) 2 August 2000 (age 21) 5 0 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers
5 2DF Eiran Cashin (2001-11-09) 9 November 2001 (age 20) 2 0 England Derby County
2DF Tayo Adaramola (2003-11-14) 14 November 2003 (age 18) 1 0 England Crystal Palace

6 3MF Conor Coventry (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 22) 26 3 England West Ham United
7 3MF Gavin Kilkenny (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 22) 20 0 England AFC Bournemouth
12 3MF Conor Noß (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 (age 21) 11 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
17 3MF Ross Tierney (2001-03-06) 6 March 2001 (age 21) 8 2 Scotland Motherwell
10 3MF Will Smallbone (2001-02-21) 21 February 2001 (age 21) 6 3 England Southampton
8 3MF Dawson Devoy (2001-11-20) 20 November 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Republic of Ireland Bohemians
3MF Joe Hodge (2002-09-14) 14 September 2002 (age 19) 0 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers

9 4FW Joshua Kayode (2000-05-04) 4 May 2000 (age 22) 13 2 England Rotherham United
18 4FW Tyreik Wright (2001-09-22) 22 September 2001 (age 20) 13 3 England Aston Villa
19 4FW Evan Ferguson (2004-10-19) 19 October 2004 (age 17) 8 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
14 4FW Ollie O'Neill (2003-01-08) 8 January 2003 (age 19) 4 1 England Fulham
20 4FW Mipo Odubeko (2002-10-21) 21 October 2002 (age 19) 3 1 England West Ham United
22 4FW Liam Kerrigan (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 22) 3 1 Republic of Ireland UCD
4FW Darragh Burns (2002-08-06) 6 August 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic
4FW Sinclair Armstrong (2003-06-22) 22 June 2003 (age 19) 0 0 England Queens Park Rangers

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad in the last 12 months and remain eligible:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK David Odumosu (2001-03-23) 23 March 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic v.  Sweden, 29 March 2022
GK Sam Blair (2002-12-27) 27 December 2002 (age 19) 0 0 England Norwich City v.  Luxembourg, 8 October 2021
GK Dan Rose (2003-12-11) 11 December 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Luxembourg, 7 September 2021

DF Oisin McEntee (2001-01-05) 5 January 2001 (age 21) 7 0 England Walsall v.  Montenegro, 6 June 2022INJ
DF Festy Ebosele (2002-08-02) 2 August 2002 (age 19) 3 0 Italy Udinese v.  Sweden, 29 March 2022
DF Joe Redmond (2000-01-23) 23 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic v.  Sweden, 29 March 2022
DF Josh Honohan (2001-03-28) 28 March 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Cork City v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
DF Ronan Boyce (2001-05-12) 12 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
DF Luke Turner (2002-05-20) 20 May 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Northern Ireland Cliftonville v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
DF Andrew Quinn (2002-01-24) 24 January 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Drogheda United v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
DF Kameron Ledwidge (2001-04-07) 7 April 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Shelbourne v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE
DF Alex Murphy (2004-06-25) 25 June 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Galway United v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE
DF Evan Weir (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Drogheda United v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE
DF Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (2003-02-13) 13 February 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v.  Luxembourg, 7 September 2021

MF Will Ferry (2000-12-07) 7 December 2000 (age 21) 9 0 England Southampton v.  Sweden, 29 March 2022
MF Killian Phillips (2002-03-30) 30 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0 England Crystal Palace v.  Sweden, 29 March 2022
MF William Hondermarck (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 (age 21) 0 0 England Barnsley v.  Sweden, 16 November 2021
MF Armstrong Oko-Flex (2002-03-02) 2 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0 England West Ham United v.  Sweden, 16 November 2021
MF Ryan Johansson (2001-02-15) 15 February 2001 (age 21) 5 0 Spain Sevilla v.  Italy, 12 November 2021
MF Alex Gilbert (2001-12-28) 28 December 2001 (age 20) 6 0 England Brentford v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
MF Andrew Moran (2003-10-15) 15 October 2003 (age 18) 2 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
MF Brandon Kavanagh (2000-09-21) 21 September 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
MF Niall Morahan (2000-05-30) 30 May 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
MF Louie Watson (2001-06-07) 7 June 2001 (age 21) 5 0 England Luton Town v.  Luxembourg, 8 October 2021
MF Niall O'Keeffe (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Waterford v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE
MF Evan McLaughlin (2002-03-30) 30 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Derry City v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE
MF Darragh Nugent (2001-03-01) 1 March 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Drogheda United v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE

FW Colm Whelan (2000-06-29) 29 June 2000 (age 22) 3 1 Republic of Ireland UCD v.  Sweden, 29 March 2022
FW Johnny Kenny (2003-06-06) 6 June 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021
FW Cian Kavanagh (2003-01-03) 3 January 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Waterford v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE
FW Dean Williams (2000-02-09) 9 February 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Drogheda United v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2021PRE

INJ Withdrew from latest squad due to injury
WD Withdrew from latest squad
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
SUS Player is suspended
COVID Withdrew from latest squad due to Covid-19 protocols

  • Game v Republic of Ireland Amateur XI not an official game, therefore no caps given.

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the senior team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Management Profiles". Football Association of Ireland. 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Crawford names U21s squad for June qualifiers | Football Association of Ireland".

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