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Gillingham's on-loan Southampton defender Tom O'Connor called up for Republic of Ireland under-21 squad

ByMatthew Panting

Gills defender Tom O'Connor has been called up for the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad.

O'Connor has been named in a 22-man squad for matches away to Armenia and at home to Sweden.

Gills defender Tom O'Connor - has been called up for Republic of Ireland under-21s. Picture: Ady Kerry
Gills defender Tom O'Connor - has been called up for Republic of Ireland under-21s. Picture: Ady Kerry

The games take place on Thursday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 19 respectively.

It means 20-year-old O'Connor will miss Gillingham's EFL Trophy match against Tottenham under-21s on Tuesday - as well as the League 1 match at home to Lincoln City on November 16.

O'Connor has made 13 appearances for the Gills this season since joining on loan from Premier League Southampton.

He scored his first professional goal in the 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers in September.

Also selected in the squad was Millwall defender Danny McNamara, who is currently on loan at Newport. The right-back spent time on loan last season at Welling and Dover, where he was well liked by both sets of supporters.

Aston Villa's Jack Clarke receives his first under-21 call-up while Hearts striker Aidan Keena is the third new face, along with O'Connor, named by the Republic of Ireland.

Republic of Ireland under-21 squad:

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Conor Kearns (UCD AFC).

Defenders: Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham, on loan from Southampton), Danny McNamara (Newport County, on loan from Millwall), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Masterson (QPR), Liam Scales (UCD AFC), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Trevor Clarke (Rotherham).

Midfielders: Jason Knight (Derby County), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jack Taylor (Barnet), Jack Clarke (Aston Villa), Connor Ronan (DAC Dunajská Streda, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Danny Mandroiu (Bohemians).

Wingers: Zack Elbouzedi (Waterford), Gavin Kilkenny (AFC Bournemouth), Neil Farrugia (Shamrock Rovers), Danny Grant (Bohemians).

Forwards: Adam Idah (Norwich City), Aidan Keena (Hearts), Michael Obafemi (Southampton).

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