Kieran Sadlier is targeting UEFA European U19 Championship glory as Republic of Ireland prepare to open their Elite Round qualification campaign.

The Irish, who reached the semi-finals of the same competition in 2011, will take on mini-group hosts Serbia, Slovakia and Switzerland between 6-11 June.

Sadlier and West Ham United team-mate Sean Maguire have both been named in the squad for the Elite Round, which kicks-off with a meeting with Switzerland at FK Obilić in Belgrade on Thursday 6 June.

Ireland will then take on Slovakia at FK Srem in Jakovo on Saturday 8 June before tackling Serbia at the same venue on Tuesday 11 June, with the group winners qualifying for the eight-nation finals in Lithuania in July.

The 18-year-old Sadlier, who finished as leading scorer for the U18s this season with ten goals, has earned six U19 caps already and is hoping to fire his country through.

"Ireland got to the semi-finals of the tournament proper last time and our team looks like it could do so again because we have been unbeaten in seven games at Under-19 level and have got draws and wins against big teams like Germany and Czech Republic," he said. "We're looking good.

"There is a lot of talent coming through in our team and in the age-group below, where there are some good players as well. It is difficult to get into the Under-21s at the moment because there are so many good players around."

Sadlier and Maguire are just two of 16 English-based players in Paul Doolin's 18-man squad, showing the strength in depth available to the Irish coach.

The attacking midfielder believes his club-mate and former Waterford United striker can make an impact on the international stage during the Elite Round.

Maguire has earned three U19 caps and scored his maiden Development Squad goal for the Hammers in a recent 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"Sean is settling in really well [following his arrival from Waterford United in January] and is getting used to training every day now and the travelling to away games and things like that," Sadlier observed.

"It's good to have him with me when I travel away with Ireland as well, as otherwise I'd be on my own. We get on well and even when we're away with Ireland, we always room together."