Michael Obafemi has been named in a strong Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad that will head for a training camp ahead of the crunch qualifiers in October and November. 

The Southampton attacker was omitted from Stephen Kenny's senior panel on Monday and will instead link up with Jim Crawford after the weekend.

Crawford's 25-man squad will report for a four-day training camp in Northern Ireland from Monday to Thursday.

The Under-21s have three big qualifiers in the autumn against Italy, Iceland and Luxembourg as they try to build on what's been a strong Euro 2021 campaign to date.

Before Kenny moved on to take the reins with the seniors, he steered the Under-21s to the top of Group A with three games to play. They are three points ahead of Italy having played two matches more.

St Patrick's Athletic defender Luke McNally receives his first U-21 call-up while Obafemi is joined by two more Southampton players: Will Ferry and Will Smallbone.

Watford striker Ryan Cassidy will also report for the Under-21s for the first time.

Republic of Ireland U-21 Squad

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

Defenders: Lee O'Connor (Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Celtic), Danny McNamara (St Johnstone, on loan from Millwall), Darragh Leahy (Dundalk), Conor Masterson (QPR), Liam Scales (Shamrock Rovers), Luke McNally (St Patrick's Athletic), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Thomas O'Connor (Southampton).

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

Attackers: Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Danny Grant (Bohemians), Jonathan Afolabi (Celtic), Zach Elbouzedi (Lincoln City), Neil Farrugia (Shamrock Rovers), Ryan Cassidy (Watford).