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International round-up: Gleeson, Hale and Redmond

Posted: Tue 16 May 2017
Author: bcfc.com

Blues Irish contingent in action...

Stephen Gleeson has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for their forthcoming training camp in Cork. 

Gleeson earned his first cap in a decade when he came off the bench to feature against Iceland back in March. 

The 28-year old will once again link up with his fellow countrymen as they prepare to face Mexico at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey for an international friendly (1 June).

The Irishmen will return home to face Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium (4 June) in another friendly fixture before hosting Austria at the same venue in a World Cup Qualifier (11 June).

Martin O'Neill's men currently sit second in Qualifying Group D, level on points with table topping Serbia and four points clear of third placed Wales.

Meanwhile, Ronan Hale scored on his Republic of Ireland Under-21 debut in a 2-1 friendly defeat to Drogheda United’s senior side. 

Having featured regularly for the Under-19s, the teenage striker linked up with the Under-21s for the first time this week for their game in Tallaght. 

Elsewhere, young defender Joe Redmond played the full 90 minutes in Republic of Ireland Under-17s 1-0 quarter-final defeat to England in the UEFA Under-17 Championships in Croatia. 

Redmond saw a half-volley cleared off the line with just 20 minutes to go and Ireland trailing but despite the late pressure, England held on to their lead to progress into the semi-finals.