Stephen Kenny will hold a February training camp in Dublin to run the rule over his Republic of Ireland Under-21 players for the first time as he prepares to begin his reign.

The former Dundalk boss will replace Mick McCarthy as the senior manager after the Euro 2020 finals but for now his focus is on UEFA U-21 European Championships qualification, which starts in March.

Kenny will announce his squad on Thursday, when he will also officially name his own back-room team.

The squad will train at the FAI National Training Centre for two days before playing a game against an opponent yet to be confirmed.

Ireland start their campaign on Sunday, 24 March against Luxembourg at Tallaght Stadium.

At his unveiling back in November Kenny hinted at bringing some fresh names into his squad.

He's likely to use his knowledge of the domestic league to give some Premier Division talent a chance, while the likes of Michael Obafemi and Troy Parrott have made good progress at Southampton and Tottenham respectively over the last three months. 

"There have been some players involved in the senior team in recent times, training in the squad. Lee O'Connor, Michael Obafemi and Caoimhin Kelleher - they're all available for the Under-21s this year," he said.

"There have been other players who have been really doing well through the groups. It's not fair to mention players, but obviously Adam Idah and Troy Parrott, people like that have caught the eye.

"There are even players in the League of Ireland available for the U21 team right throughout the country. At UCD, players like Neil Farrugia and Liam Scales, Will Fitzerald down in Limerick, Trevor Clarke at Shamrock Rovers, Darragh Leahy at Bohemians, two really good left backs.

"I'm leaving a lot out, I'd say, but the underlying thing is that there are a lot of young, talented players playing throughout the country."