Friends meet in friendlies

Club-mates Deniz Mehmet and Eoin Wearen will be on opposite sides when Turkey play host to the Republic of Ireland in two Under-18 friendlies this week.

Promising goalkeeper Mehmet and industrious midfielder Wearen are both mainstays of Tony Carr's U18 side and have each had a taste of first-team training this season. The 17-year-olds have flown to Antalya for the matches to be played on Tuesday and Thursday and will then return to London on Friday ahead of the Academy fixture away to Portsmouth next Saturday.

Mehmet will be particularly looking to impress as Turkey have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be played between 24 October and 15 November and he will hope to be named his nation's No1. Wearen will be looking more long term with the Irish seeing the double-header as preparation for next season's UEFA European U19 Championship programme.

Carr said: "It will be good experience for them both. They have a busy schedule with the matches on Tuesday and Thursday. We will see how they are when they come back on Friday, pick it up with them and then think about Saturday's match."