Coll called up to U-17 squad

Coll called up to U-17 squad

Coll called up to U-17 squad

Meenlaragh native Joe Coll has been named as part of the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad for next week's double-header of friendlies against Italy.

The Manchester United academy goalkeeper is part of manager John Morling's 22-man squad for the two games - on Tuesday, February 8, in Casarano and two days later in Nard. They will act as final preparation for the Uefa Elite phase qualifiers in Greece from March 23 to 28, when Ireland meet Denmark, Latvia and Greece trying to progress into the European Championship finals later in the year.

Another man with Donegal connections likely to be adding to his caps haul next week is Sean McDermott, who is part of the Ireland U-19 squad for two friendlies away to Croatia in Umag on February 8 and 10. Ireland progressed from their Uefa first phase qualifiers held in Bulgaria last November and Doolin is already planning for the Elite phase in May when they will face Italy, Ukraine and mini-group hosts Poland seeking the one available place into the European Championship finals. Goalkeeper McDermott, who is on Arsenal's books, is born in Norway but his father Terence is from Mountcharles.

Meanwhile, Christopher Flanagan from Glencar Schoolboys FC was on international duty last week with the U-15s. On Tuesday the St Eunan's College student came on as a substitute in the 2-1 away win against Finland in Eerikkila, when two goals from Shelbourne's Gareth McCaffrey paved the way for an Irish win. Peter Burke, from Moville Celtic, kept goal in the match.

Flanagan then started the second game of the double-header, two days later at the same venue although this time the side managed by Niall Harrison, from Cliffoney, Co Sligo, were defeated by a goal to nil.