Every Irish game in the upcoming Toulon Tournament will be broadcast exclusively live on Freesports, the FAI announced today.
Stephen Kenny’s side will face Mexico, Bahrain and China as they travel to Provence to enter the tournament for the first time since 2002.
The 21s will begin their campaign against China on Monday, June 3rd with every game set to be shown on Freesports, a free-to-air digital channel which can be found on Sky TV Channel 429 in Ireland.
After the opener against China on the Monday, the Boys in Green then face Mexico on Thursday, June 6th before their final game against Bahrain on Sunday, June 9th.
Stephen Kenny announced his 22-man squad earlier this week which features Brighton & Hove Albion striker Aaron Connolly who receives his first call-up while other first-timers include Stephen Mallon of Sheffield United, Derby County midfielder Jason Knight and Barnet midfielder Jack Taylor.
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The Toulon Tournament will represent another great opportunity for Stephen Kenny’s side to impress following their opening European qualifying victory over Luxembourg in March.
“We’re extremely excited about going to the Toulon tournament and this is a fantastic opportunity for the players to express themselves in one of the most prestigious under-age international tournaments,” said Kenny.
“We’ve never qualified for the European Championships at U-21 level so this tournament represents the highest level we’d have played at and we’re set to play Mexico, China and Bahrain’s Olympic squads, as they prepare to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
“It’s also crucially important that we continue to build momentum throughout the year after the win over Luxembourg and looking ahead to the qualifiers in October and November.
“I’m delighted to welcome into the squad the likes of Stephen Mallon, Canice Carroll, Jason Knight, Tyreke Wilson and Aaron Connolly who step up to U-21 international level for the first time, and also Jack Taylor, who comes into his first Ireland squad.”