Doolin wants Morrissey to stake claim in Turkey

Ireland Under-19 manager Paul Doolin reckons Cork City’s Danny Morrissey can boost his international prospects in Turkey next week.

Doolin last night named an extended 20-man squad for the two friendly games in Istanbul this day week and two days later.

Amongst the newcomers to Doolin’s set-up are Rebels’ striker Morrissey, Neil Yadolahi of Burnley, Colm Horgan from Salthill Devon and QPR playmaker Frankie Sutherland.

These are the final warm-up matches before Ireland attempt in May to secure back-to-back Euro finals qualification from the elite round.

“It’s always good to have new lads in to see what they’re like because it’s hard to judge from club football,” said Doolin.

“We’ll take a good look at them over the two games and if they’re good enough, of course they have a chance of staying in the squad for the qualifiers in Portugal in May.

“This time last season, I brought 17 new players to Croatia for friendly matches and many of those remained in the squad for the elite phase and eventually the finals.”

Glasgow Rangers goalkeeper Alan Smith is also part of the panel, as is Wolves first-teamer Anthony Forde from Ballingarry in County Limerick.

IRELAND U-19 squad: Sean McDermott (Arsenal), Alan Smith (Rangers), Michael Barker (Bohemians FC), Sean Kavanagh (Fulham), Neil Byrne (Rochdale), Bradley Garmston (West Brom), Thomas Hoban (Watford), Neil Yadolahi (Burnley), Colm Horgan (Salthill Devon), Kealan Dillon (Hull City), Graham Burke (Aston Villa), Mikey Drennan (Aston Villa), Anthony Forde (Wolves), George Smith (Southend United), Paul George (Celtic), John O’Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Connor Smith (Watford), Frankie Sutherland (QPR), Danny Morrissey (Cork City).

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