Ronan Curtis gets Republic U21 call up

Derry City's Ronan Curtis
Derry City's Ronan Curtis

Noel King has called up 15 uncapped players for the Republic of Ireland Under 21's forthcoming friendlies with the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Spain.

Four League of Ireland-based players will travel with the panel - among them is Ronan Curis of Derry City.

The former Swilly Rovers player has had an impressive season with Derry and has recieved his just reward with a first international call up.

Shamrock Rovers' Sean Heaney, St Patrick's Athletic's Jamie McGrath, and Dundalk's Ciaran O'Connor are the other three.

Midfielder Dylan Watts - signed by Premier League champions Leicester in the summer - has been included in the squad, as has Jack Byrne.

And there's also a place for Walsall's Liam Kinsella, son of former senior international, Mark.

"We have always had a strong representation of SSE Airtricity League players in the Under 21 squad with Kevin O'Connor and Sean Maguire, who both helped Cork City win the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup last weekend, in our most recent squad," said Manager King.

"There has been a steady flow of League players in our squads, which shows that the League is producing players and that they are there on merit. It is when they come into the squad whether they can step up to international football. That is why we include them."

Republic of Ireland Under 21 Squad
Goalkeepers: Liam Bossin (Anderlecht), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United)
Defenders: Noe Baba (Birmingham City), Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City), Sean Heaney (Shamrock Rovers), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Corey Whelan (Liverpool), Shaun Donnellan (West Bromwich Albion), Dylan Barnett (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Bradford City*), Jack Byrne (Blackburn Rovers*), Ronan Curtis (Derry City), Dylan Watts (Leicester City), Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Jamie McGrath (St Patrick's Athletic), Harry Charsley (Everton)
Forwards: Tyrone Duffus (Everton), Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers), Ciaran O'Connor (Dundalk), Jake Mulraney (Inverness Caledonian Thistle)

Fixtures
Saturday, November 12: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, KO 17:30
Tuesday, November 15: Republic of Ireland v Slovakia, KO 13:00