Dicker answers Givens’ call

UCD’s Gary Dicker has been called up by Republic of Ireland U21 manager Don Givens for tomorrow evening’s UEFA European Cup qualifying tie against France at Turner’s Cross (7.45pm).

Dicker plays midfield for the Belfield side in the eircom Premier Division and has been drafted in to replace Sheffield Wednesday’s Glen Whelan, forced out through injury.

Dicker was involved in the Ireland U19 squad last season and was part of their successful trip to Italy as well as the La Manga tournament.

This is the second enforced change in the squad Stephen Dawson (Mansfield Town) has already been brought in for the for the injured Darren Potter (Liverpool).

Roy O’Donovan, who scored an injury-time winner for Cork City against Finn Harps in Saturday’s FAI Carlsberg Cup quarter-final, came through unscathed and trained with the squad yesterday.

Ireland are playing for pride but hope the Turner’s Cross venue will act as twelfth man for the visit of Les Bleus, who overcame the Irish 1-0 in France last October.

Ireland U21: W Henderson (Brighton & Hove Albion); D Quigley (UCD); K Foley (Luton Town); S Kelly (Tottenham Hotspur); P McCarthy (Leicester City); J Fitzgerald (Bury); A Sheehan (Leicester City); S Paisley (Longford Town); W Flood (Coventry City); S Dawson (Mansfield Town); G Dicker (UCD); L Kearney (Cork City); A McGeady (Glasgow Celtic); J Tabb (Brentford); K Doyle (Reading); D Murphy (Sunderland); R O’Donovan (Cork City).

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