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Givens names strong under-21 squad

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 17:13

Daryl Murphy is included in Don Givens' squad
Daryl Murphy is included in Don Givens' squad

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Don Givens has named his squad for the friendly international clash with Scotland at Terryland Park, Galway on Tuesday May 25.

Ireland will be looking to make it 11 games unbeaten and have named a strong squad that is largely made up of players included in last year’s World Youth Championship squad and February’s Madeira International Tournament, which Ireland won.

There are also a number of new faces, with Luton Town starlet Kevin Foley and Jay Tabb of Brentford included.  Foley has been called into the squad on two previous occasions only to be forced to withdraw though injury.

Also included is Newcastle United defender Stephen Brennan, who has not played for Ireland since April 2003 because of a series of injuries that kept him out of the last ten under-21 matches as well as December’s World Youth Championships.

The eircom League is represented by Cork City's Liam Kearney, Longford Town's Stephen Paisley and Daryl Murphy of Waterford United.

Two players with Premiership experience, Stephen Kelly and Stephen Elliott, are also included while a total of 14 of the 18-man panel have earned first team experience in England, Scotland or Ireland in the last year.

Squad:

Wayne Henderson (Aston Villa)
Brian Murphy (Swansea City)
Stephen Kelly (Tottenham Hotspur) 
Stephen Capper (Scarborough) 
Stephen Brennan (Newcastle United)
Stephen Paisley (Longford Town)  
Paddy McCarthy (Manchester City)
Kevin Foley (Luton Town)
Darren Potter (Liverpool)
Michael Foley (Liverpool)
Glenn Whelan (Manchester City)
Paul Keegan (Leeds United)
Liam Kearney (Cork City)
Daryl Murphy (Waterford United) 
Jay Tabb (Brentford)
Billy Mehmet (Dunfermline Athletic)
Stephen Elliott (Manchester City)

Filed by Mark O'Neill-Cummins

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