Six League of Ireland players called up to Irish Under-21 squad for the Toulon tournament

Stephen Kenny has named his 22-man Republic of Ireland squad next month – with six home based players included.

Darragh Leahy of Bohemians, Zach Elbouzedi of Waterford, Jamie Lennon of St Pat’s and UCD trio Conor Kearns, Liam Scales and Neil Farugia make up the League of Ireland contingent for the prestigious tournament.

Barnet’s Jack Taylor received his first international call-up while Stephen Mallon, Canice Carroll, Jason Knight, Tyreke Wilson and Aaron Connolly are all called-up at under-21 level for the first time.

Southampton’s Michael Obafemi, Tottenham’s Troy Parrott, Manchester City’s Gavin Bazunu and Aston Villa’s Jake Doyle-Hayes all miss out through injury.

Kenny said: “We’re extremely excited about going to the Toulon tournament and this is a fantastic opportunity for the players to express themselves in one of the most prestigious under-age international tournaments.

“We’ve never qualified for the European Championships at U-21 level so this tournament represents the highest level we’d have played at and we’re set to play Mexico, China and Bahrain’s Olympic squads, as they prepare to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

“It’s also crucially important that we continue to build momentum throughout the year after the win over Luxembourg and looking ahead to the qualifiers in October and November.”

The competition begins next month with Ireland playing their first game on June 3rd.

Kenny’s side have been drawn alongside China, Mexico and Bahrain in Group C.

Republic of Ireland U-21 Squad

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Conor Kearns (UCD AFC).

Defenders: Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Conor Masterson (Liverpool), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Liam Scales (UCD AFC), Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Tyreke Wilson (Manchester City), Canice Carroll (Brentford).

Midfielders: Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jason Knight (Derby County), Connor Ronan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Neil Farrugia (UCD AFC), Stephen Mallon (Sheffield United), Zach Elbouzedi (Waterford), Simon Power (Norwich City), Jack Taylor (Barnet), Jamie Lennon (St Patrick’s Athletic).

Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Aaron Drinan (Ipswich Town, on loan at Waterford), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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