Kearns goes for glory

West Ham United winger Danny Kearns will be eager to fire the Republic of Ireland to the UEFA European U19 Championship finals when their Elite Round Group 3 qualifiers get started on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old scored on his full debut for the Republic against Poland in April, having switched international allegiance from Northern Ireland earlier this year.

Belfast-born Kearns has been named in Sean McCaffrey's squad for the Elite Round qualifiers against England, mini-group hosts Ukraine and Bosnia & Herzegovina.


The teenager will hope to be named in McCaffrey's starting lineup when the Irish tackle England - who will be without the unavailable Frank Nouble due to Swindon Town's involvement in Saturday's League One play-off final - at the FFU Training complex in Kiev on Wednesday.

Ireland face a tough task to qualify for the eight-nation finals in France this summer, facing last year's beaten finalists in England and the 2009 champions Ukraine in their second fixture at Borex in Borodinka on Friday.

Kearns and his team-mates complete their Elite Round fixtures by tackling Bosnia & Herzegovina at the FFU Training complex on Monday 31 May.