West Ham United Under-23s captain Conor Coventry has been called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad, as they seek to further their push for 2021 UEFA Euro U21 Championship qualification.
The Boys in Green are due to face Armenia U21s in Yerevan on Thursday 14 November, before welcoming Sweden U21s to the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday 19 November.
Coventry has started all five of his nation’s qualifiers so far, playing a starring role in their rise to the top of Group A, one point ahead of nearest challengers Iceland.
Stephen Kenny’s side will now aim to take a decisive step towards qualification in the next fortnight with six points, having already beaten both Armenia and Sweden, 1-0 and 3-1 respectively, in their reverse fixtures.
Coventry has been crucial to the U23s’ Premier League 2 Division 2 success so far this season, leading the squad to an unbeaten first half of their league campaign, as well as making his second senior West Ham appearance in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
The 19-year-old midfielder will hence be looking to add to the nine caps he has accrued for Republic of Ireland U21s so far in the upcoming set of crucial fixtures.
Ireland are in an excellent position to reach the European Championship finals for the first time in their history. 16 nations will qualify for the tournament, which will be held in Hungary and Slovenia in June 2021.