Irish U-16 squad announced for Germany friendlies

Republic of Ireland U-16 manager, Vincent Butler has announced a 19-man squad for the upcoming double international friendly against Germany which will be played in Blarney in Cork and Listowel in Kerry.

Republic of Ireland U-16 manager, Vincent Butler has announced a 19-man squad for the upcoming double international friendly against Germany which will be played in Blarney in Cork and Listowel in Kerry.

Blarney United FC and Listowel Celtic FC will host the double international friendly against a highly regarded German side on April 8 and 10 respectively with Listowel hosting the first football international ever to be held in Kerry.

Included in the squad are two members of the Listowel Celtic team, defender, David Culhane and striker, Bryan Murphy. Representing Cork in the side is Anthony O'Connor who plays with Kilreen Celtic and John Egan who is a defender with Greenwood FC.

German-based striker, Selcuk Tidim is recalled to Butler’s squad as he is rewarded for his fine scoring form with five goals in seven games for the Republic since his debut in November 2007.

The German born striker qualifies for the Republic of Ireland through his Irish-born mother and plays with German side, St Pauli near Hamburg.

Under 16 Double International Friendly Details

Tuesday April 8

Republic of Ireland v Germany

O’ Shea Park, Blarney United FC

Kick-off: 7.30pm

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Republic of Ireland v Germany

Listowel Celtic FC

Kick-Off: 5.45pm

Republic of Ireland Squad

Goalkeepers:

Ciaran Gallagher (Castlefin Celtic, Donegal)

Aaron McCarey (Monaghan United)

Defenders:

Leigh Swords (Belvedere FC)

David Culhane (Listowel Celtic)

Mark O’Brien (Cherry Orchard)

John Egan (Greenwood, Cork)

Anthony O’Connor (Kilreen Celtic, Cork)

Danny Fitzsimons (Millwall, England)

Danny Joyce (Belvedere FC)

Midfielders:

Sean Stewart (St.Kevins)

Stephen McDonnell (Glasgow Celtic)

Oliver Kelly (Reading)

Sean Skelly (Belvedere FC)

Ryan Connolly (Derby County)

Shane Murray (Arklow Town)

Strikers:

Robert Benson (Athlone Town)

Bryan Murphy (Listowel Celtic)

Michael Rafter (Borris St.Kevins, Tipperary),

Selcuk Tidim (St.Pauli, Germany)

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