Three 'eircom' players make Irish Under-21s for Poland

Republic of Ireland manager Don Givens has included three eircom League players in his squad of 18 for the friendly against Poland on Tuesday, August 19, next in Gdynski (kick-off 5.30pm Irish time).

Republic of Ireland manager Don Givens has included three eircom League players in his squad of 18 for the friendly against Poland on Tuesday, August 19, next in Gdynski (kick-off 5.30pm Irish time).

Waterford United goalkeeper Dan Connor, Shelbourne’s Wes Hoolahan and Cork City’s John O’Flynn have all been chosen to make the trip.

Also included for the game, which will be played at the Gdynski Osrodek Sportu I Rekeachji Stadium, are Sunderland’s Sean Thornton, Patrick Kohlmann from Borussia Dortmund, Clifford Byrne, who has moved from Sunderland to Scunthorpe United, and Colin Cryan from Sheffield United.

Stephen Capper, who has been released by Sunderland and who is in the process of seeking a new club, has also been named, as has Notts County goalkeeper Saul Deeney. There is a first call up for Leeds United’s Paul Keegan. Both Deeney and Kohlmann have yet to play for the Under-21s.

There is also a recall for Michael Doyle who has not been in an Irish squad since the European Championship qualifier against Switzerland at Buckley Park in Kilkenny last October. Doyle came on as a substitute for Sean Thornton to win his seventh Under-21 cap.

The Irish led by two goals after just eight minutes but eventually lost 3 - 2. Doyle was with Celtic at the time but is now a Coventry City player.

The full squad is :

Daniel Connor (Waterford United) - One cap

Saul Deeney (Notts County)

Stephen Brennan (Newcastle United) - Three caps

Stephen Kelly (Tottenham Hotspur) - Four caps

Colin Cryan (Sheffield United) - Four caps

Clifford Byrne (Scunthorpe United) - Nine caps

Stephen Capper - Four caps

Patrick Kohlmann (Borussia Dortmund)

Kevin O’Connor (Brentford) - Three caps

Keith Gilroy (Scarborough) - Two caps

Michael Doyle (Coventry City) - Seven caps

Sean Thornton (Sunderland) - Seven caps

Paul Keegan (Leeds United)

Wesley Hoolahan (Shelbourne) Eight caps

Jonathan Walters (Bolton Wanderers)

John O’Flynn (Cork City) - Five caps, three goals

Jonathon Daly (Stockport County) - 10 caps, one goal

Stephen Elliott (Manchester City) - Four caps

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