The Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team, is the national under-21 football team of the Republic of Ireland and is controlled by the Football Association of Ireland and competes in the biennial European Under-21 Football Championship and has competed since 1978.

Competitive Record

As a European U21 team, the Republic of Ireland compete for the European Championship, with the finals every odd-numbered year, formerly even-numbered years. There is no Under-21 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. For the first five (1978–1986) European Under-21 Football Championships, Ireland did not enter but in 1988 they entered for the first time but failed to qualify. Ireland have never qualified for the European Under-21 Championships, but under Brian Kerr did win the European Under-18 and Under-16 Championships in 1998.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record

UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship recordUEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Qualification record
YearRoundPldWD *LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1978Did not enter
1980
1982
1984
1986
1988Did not qualify402237
1990Did not enter
1992Did not qualify6105514
19948116720
1996822479
19988305117
200084221312
20028413107
20048224811
200681251014
2007210121
20098125414
201110145511
201384131510
201582241012
2017104061417
Total0/20000000102272154116153
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.

Results and fixtures 2017-18

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Qualification

Group stage
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Germany5401206+1412Final tournament
2 531193+610Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3 Norway622278−18
4 Israel5212910−17
5 Kosovo621368−27
6 Azerbaijan5014319−161
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2017. Source:
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Players

Current squad

Players born on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible for the next UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

The following players were called up for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifying match against Norway on 14 November 2017.[7]

Caps and goals updated as of 9 October 2017.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKKieran O'Hara(1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 40 Manchester United
1GKCaoimhin Kelleher(1998-11-23) 23 November 1998 00 Liverpool

2DFShaun Donnellan(1996-10-16) 16 October 1996 40 Walsall (on loan from West Bromwich Albion )
2DFRyan Sweeney(1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 40 Bristol Rovers (on loan from Stoke)
2DFDanny Kane(1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 40 Huddersfield Town
2DFCorey Whelan(1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 40 Liverpool
2DFDeclan Rice(1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 30 West Ham
2DFLiam Kinsella(1996-02-23) 23 February 1996 10 Walsall
2DFConor Shaughnessy(1996-06-30) 30 June 1996 10 Leeds United

3MFJosh Cullen(1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 121 Bolton (on loan from West Ham)
3MFHarry Charsley(1996-11-01) 1 November 1996 112 Everton
3MFConnor Dimaio(1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 40 Chesterfield
3MFRyan Manning(1996-06-14) 14 June 1996 42 Queens Park Rangers
3MFJake Mulraney(1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 30 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
3MFConnor Ronan(1998-03-06) 6 March 1998 10 Wolves
3MFRory Hale(1996-11-27) 27 November 1996 00 Derry City

4FWRonan Curtis(1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 40 Derry City
4FWJoe Quigley(1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 20 Newport (on loan from Bournemouth)

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKLiam Bossin(1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 20 Nottingham Forestv.  Israel, 9 October 2017

DFRyan Delaney(1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 10 Burtonv.  Israel, 9 October 2017
DFConnor O'Grady(1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 00 Sheffield Wednesdayv.  Kosovo, 25 March 2017
DFKevin Toner(1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 00 Stevenage (on loan from Aston Villa)v.  Serbia, 6 September 2016
DFNoe Baba(1996-08-08) 8 August 1996 10 Birminghamv.  Norway, 17 Norway 2015
DFDan Cleary(1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 00 Birminghamv.  Norway, 17 Norway 2015

MFOlamide Shodipo(1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 41 Queens Park Rangersv.  Kosovo, 25 March 2017
MFJack Byrne(1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 130 Oldham (on loan from Manchester City)v.  Serbia, 6 September 2016

FWReece Grego-Cox(1996-11-12) 12 November 1996 75 Queens Park Rangersv.  Israel, 9 October 2017
FWEthan Boyle(1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 00 Finn Harpsv.  Kosovo, 25 March 2017
FWJosh Barrett(1998-06-21) 21 June 1998 00 Readingv.  Slovenia, 28 March 2016

Note: Names in italics denote players that have been capped for the Senior team.

See also