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DANNY KANE HEADING TO SERBIA

19 March 2014

Academy defender to play in UEFA qualifiers

Huddersfield Town Academy scholar Danny Kane has been selected by the Republic of Ireland to take part in the upcoming U17 UEFA Elite Phase Championship in Serbia during late March. 

The Irish are in Group 5 in the Elite Qualifying tournament alongside Germany, Georgia and hosts Serbia. They play the hosts in their first game on 26 March before taking on Georgia two days later and finishing with the Germans on 31 March, with the round robin group winners progressing to the final U17 tournament in Malta between 7 and 21 May.

Kane has made six appearances for the Republic of Ireland U17s and captained the side in the second half of his latest outing - a preparatory pair of friendlies against Austria in Dublin at Gannon Park earlier this month. 

Watched on by Academy Manager Mark Lillis, Kane played the full 90 minutes in the first game where they had to withstand vast amounts of pressure from an in-form Austria side that keep possession well. Sinan Yilmaz scored in the 25th minute and Austria went in 1-0 up at the break, but two second half goals from Nottingham Forest striker Gerry McDonagh and Dundalk midfielder Georgie Poynton completed the comeback and Republic of Ireland ended the game 2-1 winners.

Kane didn’t start the second fixture, but came on and captained the side for the second half of the game. Kane was the leader in a resilient defence in the second half which helped the side to again turn the game around from a one goal deficit, this time to draw 1-1.

The squad will meet up in Reading on Friday and will take part in a small training camp before heading to Serbia on Sunday.

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