Ireland have received a huge boost with the news that Bayern Munich wonderkid Ryan Johansson has pledged his international future to the Boys in Green.
The 17-year old is eligible to play for both Sweden and Luxembourg but according to the Irish Independent, Johansson informed Irish U19s manager Tom Mohan of his decision on Saturday evening.
Johansson had previously featured in two friendly games for the U19s in September but featured for Luxembourg’s U21s a month later.
There had been reports that he would be choosing to represent Luxembourg instead but speaking to the Independent his mother Christine outlined that he is “very happy to pledge his international future to Ireland”
“Ryan is very happy to have pledged his international future to Ireland. He really enjoyed his time in Tom Mohan’s underage squads.”
“Our summers and Easter holidays growing up were always spent in Ireland,” Christine continued.
“We have great memories and Ryan is really looking forward to continuing to represent the country at international level.”
The 17-year old had featured frequently for the German giants in pre-season and has been a regular in their UEFA Youth League side this campaign playing four games.
Johansson has already played competitively at underage level for Luxembourg in addition to friendlies for Ireland and Sweden, so his decision to formally switch will be binding once it is completed, meaning that he will not be able to swap again.