La Liga pair John Joe Patrick Finn Benoa and Ryan Johansson have been included in Jim Crawford's Republic of Ireland U21 squad for a triple-header of friendlies against Switzerland, Australia and Denmark in Spain.

There are seven new faces in the 26-man panel, with Sevilla's Johansson coming into the fold after he finally received clearance from FIFA to play for Ireland last week.

He is joined by Finn Benoa, who plies his trade with Getafe and has been on Ireland's radar for some time. He made his senior debut for Getafe last December aged 17 and qualifies to play for Ireland through his father, who hails from Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo. The midfielder is also eligible for Spain and Cameroon.

Ciaran Brennan (Sheffield Wendesday), Festy Ebosele (Derby County) and Sean Roughan (Lincoln City) get the U21s call for the first time as does UCD striker and League of Ireland First Division top scorer Colm Whelan.

Goalkeeper Dan Rose of Schalke 04, who was included in the initial squad ahead of the Wales friendly in March but was unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, will join his first U21 camp. Rose moved to Germany from Everton a year ago.

The games will form part of the U21s' preparation for their 2023 European Championship qualifiers against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Luxembourg in September.

Republic of Ireland squad

Goalkeepers: Sam Blair (Norwich City), Brian Maher (Bray Wanderers), Dan Rose (Schalke 04)

Defenders: Ciaran Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday), Festy Ebosele (Derby County), Shane Flynn (Leicester City), Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United), Mark McGuinness (Arsenal), Lewis Richards (Wolves), Sean Roughan (Lincoln City).

Midfielders: John Joe Patrick Finn Benoa (Getafe), Luca Connell (Celtic), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Dawson Devoy (Bohemians), Alex Gilbert (Brentford), Conor Grant (Rochdale), Ryan Johansson (Sevilla), Conor Noss (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Louie Watson (Derby County).

Forwards: Jonathan Afolabi (Celtic), Will Ferry (Southampton), Joshua 'JJ’ Kayode (Rotherham United), Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth), Colm Whelan (UCD), Tyreik Wright (Aston Villa).


30 May - Switzerland v Republic of Ireland, 11am, Dama de Noche Football Centre, Marbella, (Live on Premier Sports 1/ FreeSports)
2 June - Australia v Republic of Ireland, 12pm, Marbella Football Centre, Marbella (Live on Premier Sports 1/ FreeSports)
5 June - Republic of Ireland v Denmark, 5pm, Dama de Noche Football Centre, Marbella

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