Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that talented midfielder Daniel Crowley won’t feature in his upcoming provisional squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark, in Copenhagen on June 7, and Gibraltar at Aviva Stadium on June 10.
McCarthy will name his provisional squad on Tuesday for a training camp in Portugal but the 21-year-old who plys his trade with Willem II in the Dutch Eredivisie won’t feature.
The Ireland boss travelled to Rotterdam for the Dutch Cup final but he was disappointed to see that Crowley was named on the bench and only made an appearance in the 62nd minute as his side fell to a 4-0 defeat to Ajax.
“It was unfortunate because Danny had played so many games in the Willem midfield all season and the world and his mother expected him to start the game,” McCarthy told the FAI website.
“If there was any doubt he wouldn’t start then I wouldn’t have travelled. That said, I did enjoy the Ajax performance, the atmosphere was electric and their second goal was something else.”
One youngster who will be in the squad is Kildare goalkeeper Mark Travers. Travers made his Premier League debut at the weekend for Bournemouth as he secured the man-of-the-match award in his side’s 1-0 win over Spurs.
Travers put in an excellent performance and McCarthy reveals how he told Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally that he thinks the 19-year-old is “top class”.
“I gave Mark a glowing reference. He was brilliant when he came into the squad for the games against Gibraltar and Georgia in March, on and off the pitch.
“Mark’s attitude around the camp impressed everyone and on the training ground he was different class with the way he trained and applied himself.
“I told Alan I think he’s top class so I wasn’t surprised Mark got the Man of the Match award against Spurs. Mark is only 19 but that’s not a problem for me – I gave Shay Given his debut at 19 and Robbie Keane was first capped at 18.
“Mark more than justified his inclusion in the squad back in March and he will be in Portugal for our training camp in a couple of weeks.”