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Jim Crawford ‘confident’ he will have Eiran Cashin available for crucial U21 qualifiers

Eiran Cashin

More positive news from the Ireland U21 boss.

Ireland U21 boss Jim Crawford has explained that he is ‘confident’ that he will have Derby County defender Eiran Cashin available to him during the June international window.

Cashin earned his first Ireland U21 call-up in March, but the required paperwork denied him the opportunity to make his debut for Crawford’s side.

But ahead of June’s triple-header against Bosnia, Montenegro and Italy, Cashin is likely to be available to feature as Ireland’s U21s chase history.

Ireland U21s v Sweden

“I’m very confident that he’ll be involved in our preparations for the three games..”

With wins against Bosnia and Montenegro, the Boys in Green would be virtually assured of a play-off to reach the European Championship for the first time ever.

With three wins, there is a distinct possibility that Ireland may qualify for the tournament automatically, and Cashin looks set to be involved barring any last-minute hitches.

“It [the paperwork] is still in the process, but I was told it will be sorted,” he told Pundit Arena. “It is very close now, and I think there is one document that needs to be chased up and Eiran should be OK.

“I’m very confident that he’ll be involved in our preparations for the three games.”

Eiran Cashin.

Should Cashin be available for the games, it would add to Ireland’s growing list of talent in the Championship.

In the defence, Cardiff City pair Joel Bagan and Mark McGuinness have impressed throughout the season with the Bluebirds, and have also taken their chance with the Ireland U21s.

Eiran Cashin

And it is that quality which gives Crawford a welcome headache of sorts as he decides on who to pick in his back-line in June.

“When you look at the quality of the Championship now, we have a lot of senior international players who are involved there,” he explains.

“To have Eiran Cashin there with Derby, who played a fantastic role in their attempt to stay in the division, and you have Mark [McGuinness] who played over 30 games, and Joel Bagan who played a number of games and scored goals from the left-wing back position.

“We’ve got real talent that deserves to be where we are in the group. Hopefully we can get the necessary results to qualify and create history.”

Tickets are on sale for the crucial home double-header against Bosnia and Montenegro, and you can find the link to those here.

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