Five new faces in Ireland squad for friendlies against Iceland in Spain


REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Under-19 head coach Tom Mohan has revealed his 24-man squad for their two friendlies against Iceland next week.

Both matches will take place at Pinatar in Spain on Wednesday June 1 and Saturday June 4.

They will be part of the last international window for Mohan before the team return to competition in September with the European U19 Championship qualifiers in Wales. Ireland were drawn in Group 4 along with Wales, Hungary and Gibraltar in the first round qualifier.

Galway United’s Alex Murphy, who is bound for Newcastle United, is included, along with Inter Milan’s Kevin Zefi.

There are first call-ups for Shelbourne striker Gbemi Arubi, Wolves duo Jimmy Storer and Nathan Fraser, Leeds United midfielder Ronnie McGrath and Oxford United defender James Golding.

The full squad is:

Republic of Ireland men’s U19 team

Guardians: Aaron Maguire (Tottenham), Owen Mason (Mansfield Town), Jimmy Storer (Wolves).

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Defenders: James Abankwah (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Sam Curtis (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Sean Grehan (Unattached), Harry Nevin (Preston North End), Aaron O’Reilly (Aston Villa), David Okagbue (Stoke City), James Golding (Oxford United), Alex Murphy (Galway United), John Ryan (UCD).

Midfielders: Cian Coleman (Leeds United), Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Jad Hakiki (Shelbourne), Ronnie McGrath (Leeds United), James McManus (Bohemians), Jamie Mullins (Bohemians), Harry Vaughan (Oldham Athletic).

Forwards: Gbemi Arubi (Shelbourne), Billy Brooks (Lincoln City), Nathan Fraser (Wolves), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City), Kevin Zefi (Inter Milan).

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