Colin O'Brien has named Real Betis prospect Anselmo Garcia MacNulty in the Ireland Under-17 squad to face England, Czech Republic and Germany over the next week at Tallaght Stadium.

Garcia MacNulty impressed with Paul Osam's Under-16 side in September and the defender will now join up with the Under-17s for this international tournament in Dublin.

Head coach O'Brien has named a 21-man squad for this week's matches and with qualification already assured as hosts for next year's UEFA Under-17 European Championships, the Under-17 International Tournament serves as preparation for the 2018 Finals.

England and Germany qualified as top seeds and received a bye to the Elite Round, while Czech Republic topped Group 8 in the Qualifying Round with three wins from three.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's opening game against England, O'Brien revealed the tournament is crucial to the team's build-up to next summer.

"This will be another step-up for the players. The tournament will replicate an Elite Phase, and the players will be playing at a very high level.

"This week will be about gaining more experience in a tournament set-up. I want the players to learn from the experiences," O'Brien continued.

And O'Brien is delighted with the work being done at the Under-16 and Under-15 age levels.

"There is plenty of work going on at those levels. We are always looking at players from those levels. There are always players that will be challenging for a place in the squad."

Ireland begin their Under-17 International Tournament in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday evening. Kick off is at 19:00. All FAI season ticket holders can attend the matches for free.

Republic of Ireland Under-17 Squad: Gavin Bazunu (Shamrock Rovers), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Thomas Considine (Bohemians), Kyle Conway (St. Patrick's Athletic), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), Festy Ebosele (Derby County), Matt Everitt (Brighton and Hove Albion), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers), Anselmo Garcia MacNulty (Real Betis), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City), Harry Halwax (Derby County),  Matthew Healy (Ipswich Town), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St. Patrick's Athletic), Cian Kelly (Shamrock Rovers), Sean Kennedy (Sunderland), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), Luke Turner (Aberdeen)

Under-17 International Tournament Fixtures

8/11: Republic of Ireland v England, Tallaght Stadium, 19:00

11/11: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Tallaght Stadium, 15:00

14/11: Republic of Ireland v Germany, Tallaght Stadium, 13:00