KEVIN LONG HAS been added to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad for next Monday’s UEFA U21 European Championships qualifier against Italy.
The 21-year-old defender, who spent the season on loan at Accrington Stanley and Rochdale from Burnley, is one of three new faces who will link up with Noel King’s side.
Aston Villa’s Samir Carruthers and Sean Murray of Watford will also join the squad tomorrow as their involvement with U19s at the European Championships qualifying tournament has concluded.
York defender Lanre Oyebanjo has been ruled out of the game in Sligo’s Showgrounds with an injury.
Meanwhile, Italy coach Ciro Ferrara has included Newcastle United’s senior international defender Davide Santon in his 22-man squad, which also features Stephan El Shaarawy of AC Milan.
Republic of Ireland U21 squad
Ian McLoughlin (MK Dons), Aaron McCarey (Wolves), Mark Connolly (Unattached), Shane Duffy (Everton), Greg Cunningham (Manchester City), Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United), John Egan (Sunderland), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Eunan O’Kane (Torquay United), Richie Towell (Unattached), Aidan White (Leeds United), Conor Clifford (Chelsea), Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle), Sean Murray (Watford), Samir Carruthers (Aston Villa), Ronan Murray (Ipswich Town), James Collins (Shrewsbury Town), Rhys Murphy (Unattached), Robbie Brady (Manchester United).
Italy U21 squad
Francesco Bardi (Livorno), Simone Colombi (Juve Stabia), Mattia Perin (Padova); Luca Caldirola (Brescia), Marco Capuano (Pescara), Alessandro Crescenzi (Bari), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Giulio Donati (Padova), Simone Romagnoli (Pescara), Davide Santon (Newcastle Utd), Simone Sini (Livorno); Marco Crimi (Grosseto), Alessandro Florenzi (Crotone), Lorenzo Insigne (Pescara), Luca Marrone (Juventus), Fausto Rossi (Brescia), Marco Verratti (Pescara), Federico Viviani (Roma); Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan), Manolo Gabbiadini (Atalanta), Ciro Immobile (Pescara), Alberto Paloschi (Chievo).