King names Ireland Under-21 squad for Kosovo qualifier

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King has named a 19-man squad for the upcoming Uefa U21 qualification against against Kosovo.

In-form Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ryan Manning is included in the panel for the first time after impressing for Ian Holloway’s side in the Championship this season.

Manning broke through into the QPR first-team in early 2017 and has gone on to make 12 league appearances, scoring one goal, and his performances earned him a new contract at Loftus Road.

The former Galway and Mervue United youth had been a regular at U-17 and U-19 level for the Boys in Green and will now look to establish himself at U-21 level.

Everton youngster Harry Charsley and West Ham’s Josh Cullen, who were recently nominated for the FAI U-21 Player of the Year award, are also named in the squad. Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara has been called up, while Liverpool defender Corey Whelan is included.

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Derry City forward Ronan Curtis and Finn Harps youngster Ethan Boyle are the only players from the League of Ireland involved.

Ireland take on Kosovo in Tallaght on Saturday, March 25. The game kicks off at 13:00 Irish time.

IRELAND U21 SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara (Manchester United), Liam Bossin (Anderlecht)

Defenders: Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City – on loan at Bristol Rovers), Shaun Donnellan (West Bromwich Albion), Corey Whelan (Liverpool), Connor O’Grady (Sheffield Wednesday)

Midfielders: Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Rory Hale (Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (West Ham United – on loan at Bradford), Harry Charsley (Everton), Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers),  Ethan Boyle (Finn Harps), Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield), Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers – on loan to Port Vale)

Forwards: Ronan Curtis (Derry City), Reece Grego Cox (Queens Park Rangers), Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT), Joe Quigley (Bournemouth – on loan at Gillingham)

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