Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny and Troy Parrott following the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Neighborhood 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Armenia at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Stephen Kenny needs the Irish public to pack out Tallaght Stadium on October 10 when his excessive-flying Ireland Below-21s host Italy in a crunch Euro qualifier.
By no manner prior to has an Irish team reached a necessary tournament at Below-21 stage however the 2021 finals in Slovenia and Hungary obtained that bit nearer with Tuesday’s elevate over Sweden.
The three-1 triumph in Kalmar changed into Ireland’s third straight elevate of the promoting and marketing campaign, the final more well-known coming away to the 2d seeds.
Sweden’s hopes of securing an eight successive top-two enact grasp been rattled by Ireland’s upward push under Kenny.
The runner-up will now no longer now no longer as much as clinch a play-off to qualify, presumably at as soon as if they accrue basically the most elements across the 9 swimming pools.
Italy grasp lifted the trophy five times and could perhaps perhaps unbiased lift with them to Dublin a solid of stars.
Ireland U21 striker Troy Parrott celebrates with team-mates after scoring the equalising goal against Sweden in the European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 win over Sweden in Kalmar, Sweden. Photo: Suvad Mrkonjic/Sportsfile
Ireland U21 striker Troy Parrott celebrates with team-mates after scoring the equalising blueprint in opposition to Sweden within the European U21 Championship Qualifier Neighborhood 1 elevate over Sweden in Kalmar, Sweden. Photo: Suvad Mrkonjic/Sportsfile
Moise Kean, Patrick Cutrone and Manuel Locatelli grasp been staunch a trio of tyros namechecked by Kenny. They with ease gained their opener on Tuesday, beating Luxembourg 5-0 in Castel di Sangro.
When Kenny changed into appointed to the Below-21 post in November, armed with a guarantee of succeeding Mick McCarthy within the senior blueprint, corpulent properties for dwelling matches changed into one of his stated targets.
His first game, the qualifier in opposition to Luxembourg in March, attracted the most effective crowd for an Below-21 match since 1995. A total of 4,772 grew to change into out to explore the Boys in Green checklist a resounding 3-0 victory.
Final week’s turnout for the trudge to for Armenia changed into down on that pick. That the Friday evening match clashed with League of Ireland and FAI Cup matches didn’t back as 3,659 grasp been in Tallaght.
With the latest derby between Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians pulling in a checklist crowd of over 7,000, the hope is that a the same turnout materialises for this fixture.
The senior squad have not got any dwelling game over that worldwide window and the Thursday game is a free date.
Everton’s Moise Kean shall be one of the Italian stars on present at Tallaght Stadium on October 10. (Nigel French/PA)
“I’m obvious the Irish soccer public will favor to explore that match,” said Kenny today.
“Italy grasp a vary of excessive-profile avid gamers. We’ve considered their strikers Moise Kean and Patrick Cutrone join Everton and Wolves respectively this summer for well-known fees. The transfer tag of the squad would be over €100m.
“They are a staunch aspect however we gained’t be taking a step aid for any team.
“Beating Sweden changed into an shapely result as a result of it devices us up successfully going into next month’s matches in opposition to Italy and away to Iceland.”
McCarthy has indicated that he has no plans to extract any of Kenny’s budding stars.
The clamour of Troy Parrott’s elevation escalated on the aid of his brace from the bench in opposition to the Swedes. It adopted the Tottenham Hotspur teen marking his Below-21 debut with the winner in opposition to Armenia.
Aaron Connolly, who delivered any other scintillating expose on the left flee, is any other in competitors to be promoted however the senior boss is grunt material to enable his successor maintain his strongest hand for the qualifiers.