DONEGAL goalkeeper Fintan Doherty has been named in the Republic of Ireland Under-17 squad for a friendly double header against Mexico.
Doherty, who came through the ranks at Bonagee United, is on the books at Derry City and is among the 20-man squad chosen by Irish Under-17 manager Colin O’Brien.
The boys in green face Mexico on Sunday and Tuesday with both games taking place at Turner’s Cross.
It will be final preparation for the U17s ahead of their UEFA Under-17 European Championship qualifiers which also take place in Cork in October.
O’Brien’s youngsters face North MacedonIa, Poland and Andorra in the first round of qualifiers.
O’Brien said: “To get this level of opposition is a real huge plus for us. Mexico is a real powerhouse at this age group if you research and examine their age groups in the past couple of years they’re a World Cup standard team and that will the standard over the two games we will be playing.
“It’s a very ‘home-based squad’ and it’s the first squad we’re going to see around the Brexit situation but the players are well into their season and we’ve done a lot of home-based assessments and training camps over the last few months and a lot of games watched.”