Ireland Under-21s to begin preparations for 2023 Euro qualifiers with friendly against Wales next month
IRELAND’S Under-21s will begin preparations for the 2023 Euro qualifiers with a friendly against Wales in Wrexham on Friday March 26.
The clash will take place at the FAW’s Collier Park training ground behind closed doors, though the FAI has confirmed fans can watch it live on YouTube.
Boss Jim Crawford said: “We’re really looking forward to this game and to be reunited with the players again.
“The camp will set the tone for what we’re looking for with the Under-21s for the upcoming campaign and we’ll be aiming for a positive performance and result against Wales.
“It’s an opportunity for us to embed our vision for the Under-21s team which is a confident and exciting team that plays possession-based football.
“We’ll miss the likes of the injured Nathan Collins, Michael Obafemi and Will Smallbone. They’ll be a great influence on our team when it comes to the qualifiers and we wish them all a speedy recovery, but this is a chance for the new faces to come in and gel with those players who featured with us in the last campaign and understand the standards that are required.”