Three League of Ireland players in Irish Under-21 squad for upcoming Euro qualifiers

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Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has named Troy Parrott in his squad for the upcoming European Championships qualifers against Armenia and Sweden.

Southampton striker Michael Obafemi, Stoke defender Nathan Collins, Cork native Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and Bournemouth midfielder Gavin Kilkenny are also included.

Having impressed with the under-19s this summer, there’s a first call-up for new Celtic signing Jonathan Afolabi.

Kenny has also brought in Bohemians duo Danny Mandroiu and Darragh Leahy, UCD defender Liam Scales and Waterford attacker Zack Elbouzedi.

Connor Ronan, who is currently on loan at Slovakian side Dunajská Streda from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has been ruled out of the squad through injury.

Stephen Kenny’s side face two crucial qualifiers as they welcome Armenia to Tallaght Stadium on Friday, 6 September before they travel to Kalmar to face Sweden on Tuesday, 10 September.

Republic of Ireland U-21 squad for UEFA Euro 2021 qualifiers v Armenia & Sweden:

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City)

Defenders: Danny McNamara (Newport County, on loan from Millwall), Lee O’Connor (Manchester United), Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Masterson (QPR), Darragh Leahy (Bohemians), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Liam Scales (UCD AFC)

Midfielders: Jayson Molumby (Millwall, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Jason Knight (Derby County), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town, on loan from Aston Villa), Jack Taylor (Barnet), Dan Mandroiu (Bohemians), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford).

Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Jonathan Afolabi (Celtic), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur).

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