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Northern Ireland duo called up for Euro U19 qualifiers

Posted by nickogs20 on October 2, 2008

United youngsters Conor Devlin and Corry Evans have been called up by Northern Ireland for their upcoming European U19 Championship Qualifying Round matches against England, Serbia and Albania, taking the number of Reds starlets involved in this stage of the competition to six.

Devlin and Evans are part of an 18-man squad named by NI U19s boss Steve Beaglehole for next week’s matches, which take place between October 8-13 in Newry, Coleraine and Belfast. Goalkeeper Devlin has impressed in his early appearances for the Reds’ U18s and is rewarded with a first call-up to his national U19 squad just a week after turning 17. Evans on the other hand steps down a level, having recently made his first three appearances for the U21s. Not 19 until next summer, the midfielder was always likely to be involved in these games, especially with the U21 side having not made it to their own European Championship next summer.

The Northern Irish pair’s involvement only serves to make the October 10th clash between the host side and England all the more interesting from a United point of view, with the possibility of having as many as five of our players on show – Ben Amos, Danny Drinkwater and Danny Welbeck will all be pushing for a place in the England line-up for the game at Belfast’s Windsor Park next Friday. The other United player participating in U19 qualifiers over the next couple of weeks is Davide Petrucci, whose Italy side get their campaign underway later today with a match against Latvia in the Moldovan town of Orhei.

Further call-ups aren’t out of the question – Norway and Portugal don’t appear to have named their squads yet (although my Norwegian and Portugese is, well, non-existent, so I may just be looking in the wrong place), so Magnus Eikrem and Evandro Brandão may still nudge the number of young Reds involved up to seven or eight.

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7 Responses to “Northern Ireland duo called up for Euro U19 qualifiers”

  1. LouisRocca said

    As far as I can see, Magnus W. Eikrem is not included in the U18(Norway are using their U18-team for this qualifier).
    The only Englandbased players in their squad are: Omar Elabdellaoui(Manchester City FC), Håvard Nordtveit(U.D. Salamanca SAD(on loan from Arsenal)) and Lars Stubbhaug(Everton FC)

  2. LouisRocca said

    …I think Norway only use players in the qualifiers that are “young” enough to play in the final tournament. THat might be the reason Magnus haven’t been in the U18squad.

    By the way, our youngsters Ezekiel Fryers and Ryan Tunnicliffe have been included in the England U17 squad for the EuroU17 qualifying round in Spain 22.-27. October

  3. Joe Armstrong said

    Johnny Gorman has also just featured in three games for Northern Ireland U/17’s against Liechtenstein, Belgium and Austria. One win and two losses saw the Irish eliminated in their group qualifiers.

  4. nickogs20 said

    LouisRocca – Magnus is young enough to play in the final tournament. The rules state:

    “Players are eligible to play in the 2008/09 UEFA European Under-19
    Championship if they were born on or after 1 January 1990. The national associations are responsible for compliance with this provision.”

    And Magnus’s D.O.B. is 8.8.90 (Havard Nordtveit is older, as an example). He must just have been left out, a shame because he’s started the season reasonably well.

  5. LouisRocca said

    Nickogs20, I totaly agree with you as long as thats the rules by UEFA, I just can’t see why Magnus hasn’t been included, and you are totaly right, there are quite a few players in the squad that are older than Magnus, my fault…
    The last squad Magnus was included for was for a game August 6th, but he withdraw from that squad, and haven’t been included later as far as I can see. I must say that I think Magnus is a better player than some of those that is in the squad, but I can’t say that I have too much knowledge of all the other players.

    Great site, I will keep you informed if I get any information on any of the norwegian players!

  6. nickogs20 said

    Thanks very much, appreciate it.

  7. Ross Green said

    No Curran for NI?

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