Former Cork City defender Conor McCarthy called into Irish U21 squad

Former Cork City defender Conor McCarthy called into Irish U21 squad

Celtic's Odsonne Edouard (centre) battles for the ball with St Mirren's Conor McCarthy (left) and Junior Morias during the Scottish Premiership match at the Simple Digital Arena, Paisley. PA Photo.

IRELAND U21 manager Jim Crawford has called St Mirren defender Conor McCarthy into his squad for the upcoming UEFA Under-21 European Championship Qualifier, away to Italy.

The Cork native joined up with the squad last night, ahead of today's opening training session in Johnstown House.

McCarthy is uncapped at Under-21 level, but was part of Stephen Kenny's home-based Under-21 squad that played the Ireland Amateur team in February 2019.

The former Blarney GAA star and Cork City defender will be hoping to force his way into Crawford's match day squad for the game with Italy by impressing the new manager in training over the coming days.

McCarthy is the only Cork player in the squad.

Jim Crawford will now have 23 players to choose from for next Tuesday's match in Pisa.

Bray Wanderers goalkeeper Brian Maher, St. Patrick's Athletic defender Luke McNally and Shamrock Rovers duo Brandon Kavanagh and Dean Williams will train with the squad this week in Ireland.

Republic of Ireland Under-21 Squad:

Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Rochdale, on loan from Manchester City), Ed McGinty (Sligo Rovers).

Defenders: Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Darragh Leahy (Dundalk), Conor Masterson (Queens Park Rangers), Conor McCarthy (St. Mirren), Danny McNamara (St Johnstone, on loan from Millwall), Lee O’Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), Thomas O’Connor (Southampton), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Liam Scales (Shamrock Rovers) 

Midfielders: Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Will Ferry (Southampton), Jason Knight (Derby County), Daniel Mandroiu (Bohemians), Connor Ronan (Grasshopper Zurich, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Will Smallbone (Southampton), Jack Taylor (Peterborough United).

Attackers: Jonathan Afolabi (Dundee, on loan from Celtic), Zach Elbouzedi (Lincoln City), Neil Farrugia (Shamrock Rovers), Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United, on loan from Rotherham United), Michael Obafemi (Southampton).

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