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Republic of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King stays with same squad for Portugal friendly

Updated: Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 17:20 | Comments

Aiden O'Brien hit a brace when Ireland beat a weakened Dutch U-21 side in February
Aiden O'Brien hit a brace when Ireland beat a weakened Dutch U-21 side in February

Republic of Ireland U21 head coach Noel King has named an unchanged squad for a friendly international against Portugal at Tallaght Stadium on Monday, 25 March (7.30pm).

Last month the team beat the Netherlands 3-0 in a friendly at the same venue thanks to goals from Aiden O’Brien (2) and Anthony Forde.

"We are still in the getting to know you stage with some of the newer faces" - Noel King

King said: “Portugal are another top tier nation so this will be another huge challenge for us but after our last two victories over Holland and Italy we will go into the game with a lot of confidence.”

“Obviously, any time you play a team like Portugal you expect it to be a difficult game but we’ve gone with the same squad as last month as they all did well.

“We are still in the getting to know you stage with some of the newer faces and these matches and training sessions will be very useful in preparing for the UEFA Championships qualifiers which begin when we play the Faroe Islands in August.”

Republic of Ireland U21 squad:

Aaron McCarey, Walsall FC (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
Sean McDermott, Sandnes Ulf FC
Shane Duffy, Everton FC
Anthony O'Connor, Burton Albion FC (on loan from Blackburn Rovers FC)
Derrick Williams, Aston Villa FC
Matt Doherty, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Joe Shaughnessy, Aberdeen FC
Carl McHugh, Bradford City FC
Cian Bolger, Leicester City FC
Samir Carruthers, Aston Villa FC
Callum Reilly, Birmingham City FC
John O'Sullivan, Blackburn Rovers FC
Kane Ferdinand, Peterborough United FC
Frankie Sutherland, QPR FC
Chris Forrester, St Patrick’s Athletic FC
Sean Murray, Watford FC
Anthony Forde, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Aiden O’Brien, Crawley Town (on loan from Millwall FC)

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