Derry City’s Barry McNamee named in King’s under-21 squad
Manager includes five other domestic players in training panel ahead of friendly against Denmark
Derry City midfielder Barry McNamee has been called into the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
The Candystripes midfielder is the only domestic based player in the 16-man squad, having scored four in 12 appearances for the Brandywell side this season.
An additional five players from the Airtricity League, as well as Hansa Rostock II midfielder Selcuk Tidim, have been included in a training squad ahead of the game at the Frederica Stadium. Sean McGinty, recently left go my Manchester United, has also been included.
“This is our last preparation game before our first EURO 2015 Qualifier against the Faroe Islands in August,” said King today, “so it’s obviously our final chance to see players before then. Some players are missing through injury, suspensions etc, but this could be the case in August also, so we’ll prepare with that in mind.”
On the opposition, King added: “Denmark are terrific opposition for us for this game. They are a strong side, but we’d prefer to face a powerful team in order to prepare for the important qualifiers we have in August.”
McNamee, the only uncapped player in the squad due to travel to Denmark, has made great progress this season, but he’s not the only one.
Everton’s Shane Duffy, Norwegian-born Sandnes Ulf goalkeeper Sean McDermott, Aberdeen’s Joe Shaughnessy, Aston Villa defender Derrick Williams, Blackburn midfielder John O’Sullivan and Sean Murray of Watford have all made first-team appearances this season.
Williams’s clubmate Samir Carruthers has also captained Villa’s underage side the victory in the European NextGen Series.
Rep of Ireland under-21 squad (v Denmark)
Aaron McCarey (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf FC)
Shane Duffy (Everton FC)
Anthony O’Connor (Blackburn Rovers)
Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen FC)
Derrick Williams (Aston Villa FC)
Sean McGinty (Unattached)
Carl McHugh (Bradford City FC)
Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa FC)
John O’Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers FC)
Frankie Sutherland (QPR)
Barry McNamee (Derry City)
Sean Murray (Watford FC)
Anthony Forde (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
Aiden O’Brien (Millwall FC)
Additional training squad memmbers (26th – 29th May)
Roberto Lopes (Bohemian FC)
David O’Leary (Limerick FC)
Danny Morrissey (Cork City FC)
Selcuk Tidim (FC Hansa Rostock II)