Ireland U21’s captain Jayson Molumby has been rewarded for his excellent displays at this year’s Toulon Tournament by being named as one of the competition’s top four players.
Stephen Kenny’s men finished fourth after losing to Mexico on penalties in the third/fourth-placed playoff but put in a number of fine performances as they reached the semi-finals for the first time ever.
Molumby, who plays for Brighton, captained Ireland in four of the five games they played in the competition and proved to be an outstanding leader for Kenny’s side.
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The 20-year old, like the rest of his teammates, will now be looking to take their positive experience at Toulon into the remaining European qualifiers following their promising start against Luxembourg in March.
Ireland face Armenia at home on September 6th before travelling to Sweden four days later.
Speaking to Pundit Arena in April, Molumby outlined the confidence Kenny has instilled in the players which will no doubt be even higher now given their performances in France.
“Yeah, it unbelievable really,” said Molumby.
“It’s always hard when a new group comes in, there’s a change of manager, style of play and stuff so we weren’t really used to one another in that regard so I thought we played really well.
“I know it was Luxembourg but any game with a new manager is hard so I think we did really well.
“I’m buzzing with him, all the boys are buzzing with him too. He just gives you confidence. He came in straight away and the first thing he said is he wants us to play free and he wants us to express ourselves and as a player, you’re buzzing with that.
“You don’t have one real role or one thing he needs you to do so I think we were all really delighted and took to him really well because of that.”