Maguire earns Ireland U21 call

Sean Maguire has spoken of his pride at being called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad.

The young Hammer, who is currently on loan at Sky Bet League Two side Accrington Stanley, is in Noel King's U21 squad for the first time, having previously won three caps at U19 level.

Ireland are taking on Andorra in their first 2017 UEFA U21 Championship qualifier on Thursday evening at Waterford United - the club Maguire signed for the Hammers from in 2013.

The 20-year-old has scored five goas in 25 league games for Stanley this season and is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to shine on the international stage.

"I'm delighted to be called up,” he said. “It's an honour to be recognised by your country & I hope I'll get the chance to play.

"First team football at Accrington has made a huge difference to me this season & I'm grateful to everyone at the club for the opportunity.

"To get an international call up after a great time playing regularly this season is just fantastic.”