Leicester defender Shane Flynn named in Ireland Under-21 squad

Leicester City defender Shane Flynn has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the first time.

Flynn, who signed a new long-term contract with the club yesterday, is one of 14 uncapped players in the Irish squad to face Wales Under-21s in a friendly on March 26.

The 19-year-old has been training with Brendan Rodgers’ first team squad for several months and is in contention to make his debut as fixtures build up towards the end of the season.

Ireland Under-21 manager Jim Crawford said: “This is an exciting group and myself and the coaching staff are really looking forward to working with them,

“It’s an opportunity for those coming into the Under-21s for the first time to see what it means to compete at this level and the standards that are required.

“I’ve no doubt the players who have already been in with us will welcome the new faces. Many would have played together for Ireland at younger age groups and this helps their transition to Under-21s international football.”

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