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Brady back in the picture as King names U21 squad

Incommunicado striker named in panel for next week’s friendly against Croatia.

Image: ©INPHO/Tom Bulmer

ROBBIE BRADY IS back in the Irish underage set-up after Noel King recalled the Manchester United youngster from the international wilderness for next week’s U21 friendly against Croatia.

Brady, now on loan with Hull City, was controversially left out of the 18-man panel for the recent European U19 Championships after a breakdown in communications with manager Paul Doolin.

A bemused Doolin claimed that the player had not responded when he tried to call him up for an earlier qualifying round, and had no explanation for the attacker’s absence.

Announcing his panel for next Tuesday’s friendly in Sligo’s Showgrounds, King said that he was delighted to welcome Brady back into the fold.

“A couple of issues needed to be resolved before Robert could come into the squad and I’m pleased there has been a resolution to the situation,” King said.

“I’m looking forward to having him with us.”

Dundalk’s Daniel Kearns and Shamrock Rovers’ Enda Stevens are the only two Airtricity League players included in the 18-man panel, while goalkeeper Aaron McCarey and midfielder Jeff Hendrick step up following their recent success at U21 level.

Republic of Ireland U21s: Ian McLoughlin (MK Dons), Aaron McCarey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Enda Stevens (Shamrock Rovers), Aidan White (Leeds United), Richie Towell (Celtic), Shane Duffy (Everton), Gavin Gunning (Blackburn Rovers), Rob Kiernan (Wigan Athletic), Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United), Adam Barton (Preston North End), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Conor Clifford (Chelsea), Mark Connolly (Bolton Wanderers), Daniel Kearns (Dundalk), Aaron Doran (Inverness CT), Joe Mason (Cardiff City), Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace), Robert Brady (Manchester United).

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