DERRY CITY’s Christopher Flanagan has been selected for the Republic of Ireland U19’s friendly internationals against Sweden next week.
The Letterkenny lad is one of just two League of Ireland based players named by head coach, Paul Doolin in the 18 man squad named today (Wednesday).
Flanagan impressed in the U19’s exhibition match against Netherlands at Tallaght Stadium earlier this month and retains his place alongside Galway FC’s Ryan Manning.
The midfielder currently represents the ‘Candy Stripes’ in the Northern Division of the U19 League and Ulster Senior League.
Ireland will meet the Swedes on Wednesday, October 8th in Sollentuna, and once again on Friday, October 10th in Strangnas as they prepare for the forthcoming UEFA U19 Championships Qualifying Round which will take place in November.
“The important thing for us is to look to play very similarly to how we played against the Netherlands,” said Doolin. “Sweden will be tough. They were in our group phase last year and it’ll be two good games,” said Doolin.
“If you have players for a long time you can focus on results but when there is a changeover every 10 months you look for them to take the way you want them to play on board and try to get them to perform.
“Against the Dutch our discipline was very good and the defence was very good – that’s a huge factor in the game – to be defensively organised. There were a lot of pluses in that game but some things that we can do better.
“We’ll look to improve next week on all departments. If we can get a ten per cent improvement across the board I’ll be happy. The friendlies are really about getting players in to let them see what we want them to do.
“We’re looking at some attacking players and midfielders. There is a good group of players in this age-group and you can only bring in so many players although I’d always like to have a few more in.”
Republic of Ireland team - Liam Bossin (Anderlecht); Peter Burke (Sunderland AFC); Noe Baba (Fulham FC); Kevin Toner (Aston Villa FC); Bobby Moseley (Birmingham City FC); Cieron Keane (Notts County FC); Fiacre Kelleher (Celtic FC); Dessie Hutchinson (Brighton & Hove Albion); Frank Mulhern (Leeds United FC); Christopher Flanagan (Derry City FC); Harry Charsley (Everton FC); Shaun Donnellan (West Bromwich Albion); Connor Dimaio (Sheffield United FC); Joel Coustrain (Sheffield United FC); Ryan Manning (Galway United FC); Reece Grego-Cox (QPR FC); Eoghan Stokes (Leeds United FC); Jack Hallahan (West Bromwich Albion).