Givens can choose from full squad for U21 Russian game

Republic of Ireland U21 manager Don Givens has a full strength squad to choose from for Friday’s European Championship qualification clash with Russia in Waterford (6pm).

All 20 players selected by Givens reported for training in Dublin and the manager admitted he was pleasantly surprised. "I think it's the first time no one has pulled out," he said. "It's a welcome change especially as I only named a 20-man squad.

"Liam Miller and Sean Thornton didn't train on Monday with little knocks but are okay while Dan Connor picked up a shoulder injury for Waterford but he's also okay. It's a good start to the week for us."

Meanwhile Gerry Smith's Republic Under 20s face the Czech Republic at Dalymount Park tonight (7.30pm).

With the rescheduled World Championships less than three months away, manager Gerry Smith believes his real preparations start now.

"It's a chance to see where we are at the moment and then see where we have to go," he said. "We have a busy few weeks ahead of us as we prepare and this game is a good starting point."

The Championships were originally meant to be held in the United Arab Emirates in late March and early April, but the unstable political climate in the middle east forced it to be postponed, meaning that the 24 competing countries were forced to re-think their preparations.

Cork City duo, Liam Kearney and Kevin Doyle, as well as Graham Gartland (Longford Town), have been called into the squad following the withdrawals of Stephen Paisley (Longford Town), Jonathan Walters (Bolton Wanderers) and Adrian Deane (Charlton Athletic).

Ireland face the Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia and Mexico in the World Youth Championship in November with one further friendly against Paraguay scheduled before the team fly out.

The eircom League security committee are to hold a meeting today at which incidents from Monday night's eircom League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians at Richmond Park will be discussed.

There were some ugly scenes following Bohemians 2-1 victory over their Dublin rivals at Richmond Park. A number of Rovers 'supporters' attacked a bus full of Bohemians fans, throwing stones and bottles, which left several people, including a young child, injured.

Among the issues expected to be discussed at the meeting is the fact that both sets of supporters were allowed to leave the stadium at the same time, resulting in heightened tensions outside.

Rovers are due to face Bohemians again on September 22 at Dalymount Park, and the security committee will be hoping to prevent a repeat of last night's scenes.

U21 squad: Daniel Connor (Waterford), Saul Deeney (Notts County), Stephen Kelly (Tottenham Hotspur), Clifford Byrne (Sunderland), John Thompson (Nottingham Forest), Stephen Capper (Scarborough), Colin Cryan (Sheffield United), Stephen Brennan (Newcastle United), Patrick Kohlmann (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Butler (Sunderland), Liam Miller (Glasgow Celtic), Sean Thornton (Sunderland), Wesley Hoolahan (Shelbourne), Stephen Elliott (Manchester City), Michael Doyle (Coventry City), Graham Barrett (Coventry City), Kevin O'Connor (Brentford), Jonathon Daly (Stockport County), John O'Flynn (Cork City), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

U20 Squad: Murphy (Swansea), Henderson (A Villa), Brennan (Newcastle), Simpemba (Wycombe, Gartland (Longford), Dillon (Longford), Whelan (Man City), Fitzgerald (Blackburn), Gethins (Ross County), Flood (Man City), Ward (Kidderminster Harriers), Potter (Liverpool), Foley (Liverpool), Fahey (St Patrick's Athletic), Kearney (Cork City), Doyle (Cork City), Elliott (Man City), Zayed (Bray Wanderers).

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