01.09.2009 at 19:00 - Zgierz
Republic of Ireland Under-17 manager Sean McCaffrey has been forced into making two changes to his squad for the Syrenka International Cup in Łódź, Poland which kicks off on Thursday.
Reading FC striker David Murphy has suffered a knee injury and is replaced by Anton Rodgers of Chelsea while Kevin Knight's withdrawal through injury means Wolves youngster Anthony Forde replaces the Leicester City defender.
The Irish squad flew to Poland this morning for the friendly tournament which will act as preparation for the squad's Under-17 UEFA qualifying campaign. This begins with the first phase qualifiers in Bulgaria from 27 September - 2 October when the Irish face Latvia, Sweden and the host nation aiming to secure the top-two finish in the group necessary for qualification into the Elite section.
First up this week, Ireland will meet Russia in their opening Syrenka International Cup fixture tomorrow (Tuesday) in Zgierz (kick-off 4.30pm, local time). Depending on the resulting of the other Group B game on Day 1 of the event, the Irish will then meet either Sweden or Poland the following day, Wednesday 2 September, in Łódź / Kutno (kick-off 4.30pm, local time).
McCaffrey's young charges conclude their schedule on Friday, Friday 4 September by taking on one of the nations from Group A which contains Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark and Ukraine.
U17 Syrenka International Cup tournament fixtures (all kick-off 4.30pm, local time):
Tuesday, 1 September
Russia v Republic of Ireland - Zgierz
Wednesday, 2 September
Republic of Ireland v (TBC) Sweden / Poland - SMS Łódź / Kutno
Friday, 4 September
Republic of Ireland v (TBC) Bulgaria/Romania/Denmark/Ukraine
Republic of Ireland Under-17 Squad (revised):
Sean McDermott - Arsenal
Jack Bonham - Watford
Ben Glasgow - Arsenal
Richard Bryan - Aston Villa
Neil Yadolahi - St. Kevin's Boys
Sean McGinty - Manchester United
Michael Barker - Belvedere
Anthony Forde - Wolves
Brian McGroary - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Shane Byrne - Leicester City
Carl McHugh - Reading
Callum Webb - Arsenal
Frankie Sutherland - QPR
Graham Burke - Belvedere
George Smith - Southend
Daniel Purdy - West Ham United
Anton Rodgers - Chelsea
Aidan O`Brien - Millwall.