Europe – UEFA U21 Championship, Ireland Rep U21 v Turkey U21

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Changes to U21 squad for Turkey qualifier

The Republic of Ireland U21 squad has suffered a number of injury issues ahead of Tuesday’s crunch UEFA Championships Qualifying Group Seven clash with Turkey in Sligo (7.30pm).

Noel King’s side can leapfrog second placed Turkey with victory over their visitors.

Rhys Murphy (groin), Aaron Doran (hamstring), Gavin Gunning (groin), Jeff Hendrick (wrist) and Sean Murray (family bereavement) have all been all ruled out of the fixture.

Hendrick was taken off after 30 minutes of Derby County’s pre-season game v Chesterfield with a wrist injury and will see a specialist on Monday. Gunning picked up a groin injury in Dundee United’s Europa League Qualifier in Russia. Doran suffered a reoccurrence of a hamstring strain in the Inverness game against Kilmarnock. Murphy also has a groin strain and will stay in Holland for treatment.

Sean Murray has been excused from the squad due to a family bereavement.

Manager Noel King has called up Ronan Murray (Ipswich Town) for the game, which is expected to be a sell-out at the Showgrounds.

King said: “Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game but we have 18 quality players to pick from. It gives other lads a fantastic opportunity to stake a claim for a starting place and to show the talent in the squad.” Tickets are available from the Showgrounds.

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Germany U21 – Argentina U21

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France U19 – Croatia U19  1

Odds gone but still i belive you wont make mistake if you bet on France. Croatia come without half squad, main players didnt come. Hajduk didnt let their players to go because they have weak squad now and they will focus on their young players, Dinamo didnt let Mateo Kovacic to gow (one of biggiest talents in Europe, playing for first team), than Livaja from Inter Milan, Canadija, Radosevic, Elez, Milic, Tomicic..Rebic injured on friendy..

What to said, for me and whole country game with England was banker on England win, specially because England was two years ago Euro Champs (same generation when was u17) and than our youngsters suprise, playing better than england and even was leading. I belive it was bad day for England youngsters and i belive we cannot two times suprise without so much important players. Let’s see what coaches said after game:

ENGLAND 1-1 CROATIA
Noel Blake, England coach
We came from behind, so I need to be satisfied. Croatia played better in the first half but in the second I think there was only one team on the pitch. We were dominating, we scored a goal, hit the bar and the Croatian goalkeeper made a few good saves. In fact, both goalkeepers did well today. We are playing a good passing game at the moment. We are getting stronger and stronger and I can be happy.

Dinko Jeličić, Croatia coach
I need to congratulate my players for their display. It’s a pity that we didn’t score from our chances in the first half. We needed to do better in terms of those goalscoring situations; who knows what would have happened had we done so. We played excellently in the first first half; we were dominating and kept England down. I knew we had the quality to do that. If we didn’t concede so quickly after scoring it would have made things easier for us. After the break my players felt down physically as some of them only recently ended the season and that showed in our play. England were better in the second half and if we judge the game on that, a 1-1 draw was a fair result, but I am still sorry we didn’t win.

So, France is better team than England, on of Europ favorites and i cannot see other resaul than France victory

Estonia U19 – Greece U19

What to said for Estonia quality. Cannot prise tham, i will just said they are here just because they are hosting this Euro. Greece has better team but odds are too low to risk

Serbia U19 – England U19

As i said, England won Euro u17 woth this generation before two years. Serbia come without some important players: