Northern Ireland national under-21 football team

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Northern Ireland Under-21
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Head coach John Schofield
Most caps Liam Donnelly (24)
Top scorer Liam Donnelly
Shayne Lavery (5)
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First international
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(Dalymount Park, Phibsborough; 8 March 1978)
Biggest win
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(Mourneview Park, Lurgan; 16 November 2007)
Biggest defeat
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(Inver Park, Larne; 3 June 2022)
UEFA U-21 Championship
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The Northern Ireland national under-21 football team also known as the Northern Ireland under-21s or Northern Ireland U21s, is the national under-21 football team of Northern Ireland and is controlled by the Irish Football Association. The team competes in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years. To date Northern Ireland haven't yet qualified for the finals tournament.

Contents

The national under-21 team is the highest level of youth football in Northern Ireland, and is open to any players who were born in Northern Ireland or whose parents or grandparents were born in Northern Ireland. This team is for Northern Irish players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s.

Competitive Record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page

UEFA European Under-21 Championship Record

UEFA Under-21 Football Championship finals recordQualification recordManager(s)
YearRoundPosPldWDLGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
1978 Did not enterDid not enterNone
1980
1982
1984
1986
1988
1990
1992
Flag of France.svg 1994
Flag of Spain.svg 1996
Flag of Romania.svg 1998
Flag of Slovakia.svg 2000 Did not qualify813459 Chris Nicholl
Flag of Switzerland.svg 2002 102261221 Roy Millar
Flag of Germany.svg 2004 8215816
Flag of Portugal.svg 2006 Did not enterDid not enterNone
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2007 Did not qualify4202107 Roy Millar
Flag of Sweden.svg 2009 84041312 Roy Millar, Steve Beaglehole [1]
Flag of Denmark.svg 2011 82151216 Steve Beaglehole
Flag of Israel.svg 2013 8116513 Steve Beaglehole, Stephen Robinson [2]
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2015 8107317 Stephen Robinson, Jim Magilton [3]
Flag of Poland.svg 2017 10028618 Jim Magilton
Flag of Italy.svg Flag of San Marino.svg 2019 106221511 Ian Baraclough
Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg 2021 10235713 Ian Baraclough, Andy Crosby [4]
Flag of Georgia.svg Flag of Romania.svg 2023 8215818 John Schofield
Total-0/23000000-100251659104171-

Results and fixtures

2021

2 June International friendly Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg1–2Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Dumbarton, Scotland
15:00 BST Middleton Soccerball shade.svg40' (pen.) Report Taylor Soccerball shade.svg10'
Baggley Soccerball shade.svg45+1'
Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium
Attendance: 0
3 September 2023 UEFA U-21 Group C Qualifier Malta  Flag of Malta.svg4–1Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Ta' Qali, Malta
15:30 BST Engerer Soccerball shade.svg24'
Veselji Soccerball shade.svg36' (40), pen.'
Attard Soccerball shade.svg84'
Report Lane Soccerball shade.svg58'Stadium: Centenary Stadium
Referee: Milovan Milačić (Montenegro)
7 September 2023 UEFA U-21 Group C Qualifier Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg1–0Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Lurgan, Northern Ireland
19:30 BST Galbraith Soccerball shade.svg54' (pen.) Report Stadium: Mourneview Park
Attendance: 397
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (Iceland)
8 October 2023 UEFA U-21 Group C Qualifier Russia  Flag of Russia.svg1–0* (Result void)Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Khimki, Russia
17:00 BST Prokhin Soccerball shade.svg16' Report Stadium: Arena Khimki
Attendance: 250
Referee: Luka Bilbija (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Note: On 28 February 2022, FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian national teams from all competitions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. [5] On 2 May 2022, UEFA declared all of their results to be null and void. [6]

2022

2023 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Group stage

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Spain.svgFlag of Slovakia.svgUlster Banner.svgFlag of Lithuania.svgFlag of Malta.svgFlag of Russia.svg
1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 8800375+3224 Final tournament 3–2 3–0 8–0 7–1 4–1
2Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 85031810+815 Play-offs 2–3 2–1 3–1 4–0 Canc.
3Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 8215818107 0–6 1–0 4–0 0–2 Canc.
4Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 8215722157 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–3
5Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 82061025156 0–5 1–3 4–1 1–3 Canc.
6Flag of Russia.svg  Russia [lower-alpha 1] 00000000Disqualified 1–0 3–0 1–0 Canc. 6–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. On 28 February 2022, FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian national teams from all competitions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. [7] On 2 May 2022, UEFA declared all of their results to be null and void. [8]

Players

Current squad

Players born on or after 1 January 2000 will be eligible until the completion of the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. [9]

The following players were named in the squad for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers against Flag of Spain.svg  Spain and Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania on the 3 & 7 June 2022. [10]

Caps and goals updated as of 7 June 2022 after the match against Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania. Names in bold denote players who have been capped for the senior team .

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Dermot Mee (2002-11-20) 20 November 2002 (age 19)30 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
1 GK David Walsh (2002-07-05) 5 July 2002 (age 20)10 Ulster Banner.svg Linfield

2 DF Kofi Balmer (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 21)200 Ulster Banner.svg Larne
2 DF Jack Scott (2002-09-22) 22 September 2002 (age 19)140 Flag of Ireland.svg St Patrick's Athletic (on loan from Wolves)
2 DF Aaron Donnelly (2003-06-08) 8 June 2003 (age 19)120 Flag of England.svg Nottingham Forest
2 DF Sam McClelland (2002-01-04) 4 January 2002 (age 20)70 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
2 DF Sean Stewart (2003-01-21) 21 January 2003 (age 19)50 Flag of England.svg Norwich City

3 MF Ethan Galbraith (2001-05-11) 11 May 2001 (age 21)201 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
3 MF Oisin Smyth (2000-05-05) 5 May 2000 (age 22)100 Flag of England.svg Oxford United
3 MF Barry Baggley (2002-01-11) 11 January 2002 (age 20)71 Flag of England.svg Fleetwood Town
3 MF Terry Devlin (2003-11-06) 6 November 2003 (age 18)30 Ulster Banner.svg Dungannon Swifts
3 MF Dylan Boyle (2002-01-15) 15 January 2002 (age 20)30 Flag of England.svg Fleetwood Town
3 MF Charlie Allen (2003-11-22) 22 November 2003 (age 18)20 Flag of England.svg Leeds United

4 FW John McGovern (2002-10-17) 17 October 2002 (age 19)80 Ulster Banner.svg Newry City
4 FW Dale Taylor (2003-12-12) 12 December 2003 (age 18)72 Flag of England.svg Nottingham Forest
4 FW Chris McKee (2002-05-07) 7 May 2002 (age 20)40 Ulster Banner.svg Linfield
4 FW Ciaran McGuckin (2003-12-30) 30 December 2003 (age 18)20 Flag of England.svg Rotherham United
4 FW Ross McCausland (2003-05-12) 12 May 2003 (age 19)10 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
4 FW Marcus Daws (2003-12-26) 26 December 2003 (age 18)10 Flag of England.svg Bournemouth
4 FW Calvin McCurry (2001-12-26) 26 December 2001 (age 20)00 Ulster Banner.svg Ards
4 FW Euan Williams (2003-01-15) 15 January 2003 (age 19)00 Flag of England.svg Charlton Athletic

Recent call-ups

The following players have previously been called up to the Northern Ireland under-21 squad in the last year and remain eligible.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Dylan Berry (2003-05-14) 14 May 2003 (age 19)10 Flag of England.svg Norwich City v. Flag of France.svg  France, 28 March 2022

DF Finn Cousin-Dawson (2002-07-04) 4 July 2002 (age 20)70 Flag of England.svg Bradford City v. Flag of France.svg  France, 28 March 2022
DF Carl Johnston (2002-05-29) 29 May 2002 (age 20)61 Flag of England.svg Fleetwood Town v. Flag of France.svg  France, 28 March 2022
DF Shea Charles (2003-11-05) 5 November 2003 (age 18)30 Flag of England.svg Manchester City v. Flag of France.svg  France, 28 March 2022
DF Trai Hume (2002-03-18) 18 March 2002 (age 20)90 Flag of England.svg Sunderland v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, 16 November 2021
DF Kyle McClelland (2002-02-10) 10 February 2002 (age 20)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian v. Flag of Spain.svg  Spain, 12 October 2021

MF JJ McKiernan (2002-01-18) 18 January 2002 (age 20)20 Flag of England.svg Watford v. Flag of France.svg  France, 28 March 2022
MF Charlie McCann (2002-04-24) 24 April 2002 (age 20)20 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers v. Flag of France.svg  France, 28 March 2022
MF Isaac Price (2003-09-26) 26 September 2003 (age 18)20 Flag of England.svg Everton v. Flag of France.svg  France, 28 March 2022

FW Harry Anderson (2002-11-01) 1 November 2002 (age 19)10 Ulster Banner.svg Portadown v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, 16 November 2021

COVID = Player withdrew due to a positive COVID test or from being in close contact with someone with a positive COVID test.
INJ = Player withdrew from the squad before any games had been played.
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby.
SEN = Player withdrew from the squad due to a call up to the senior team.
SUS = Suspended from national team.
WTD = Withdrew due to other reasons.

Player records

Top appearances

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Caps and goals updated as of 7 June 2022 after the match against Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania.

RankPlayerYear(s)U-21 CapsU-21 GoalsFirst CapLast Cap
1 Liam Donnelly 2012–201824513 November 2012 vs. Flag of England.svg 16 October 2018 vs. Flag of Slovakia.svg
2 Sean Friars 1998–200121221 April 1998 vs. Flag of Switzerland.svg 5 June 2001 vs. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
3 Kofi Balmer 2019–202220022 March 2019 vs. Flag of Bulgaria.svg 4 June 2022 vs. Flag of Spain.svg
Ethan Galbraith 2019–202220122 March 2019 vs. Flag of Bulgaria.svg 7 June 2022 vs. Flag of Lithuania.svg
5 Terry McFlynn 2000–200319228 March 2000 vs. Flag of Malta.svg 10 October 2003 vs. Flag of Greece.svg
Rory McArdle 2006–20081916 February 2006 vs. Flag of Israel.svg 26 March 2008 vs. Flag of Romania.svg
Thomas Stewart 2006–20081946 February 2006 vs. Flag of Israel.svg 26 March 2008 vs. Flag of Romania.svg
Caolan Boyd-Munce 2017–202119025 March 2019 vs. Flag of Mexico.svg 16 November 2021 vs. Flag of Malta.svg
9 Chris Casement 2007–20091826 February 2007 vs. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 17 November 2009 vs. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Cameron Dummigan 2014–20181809 September 2014 vs. Flag of Serbia.svg 16 October 2018 vs. Flag of Slovakia.svg
11 Jeff Whitley 1998–200017121 April 1998 vs. Flag of Switzerland.svg 10 October 2000 vs. Flag of Iceland.svg
Ciarán Toner 2000–200317128 March 2000 vs. Flag of Malta.svg 1 April 2003 vs. Flag of Greece.svg
Josh Magennis 2009–201217411 August 2009 vs. Flag of Portugal.svg 13 November 2012 vs. Flag of England.svg
David Parkhouse 2017–20201738 June 2017 vs. Flag of Estonia.svg 8 September 2020 vs. Flag of Denmark.svg

Top goalscorers

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Caps and goals updated as of 7 June 2022 after the match against Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania.

RankPlayerYear(s)U-21 GoalsU-21 CapsGoals per gameFirst GoalLast Goal
1 Liam Donnelly 2012–20185240.218 June 2017 vs. Flag of Estonia.svg 11 September 2018 vs. Flag of Spain.svg
Shayne Lavery 2016–20205140.3610 November 2017 vs. Flag of Albania.svg 25 March 2019 vs. Flag of Mexico.svg
3 Adrian Coote 1998–19994120.3321 April 1998 vs. Flag of Switzerland.svg 17 August 1999 vs. Flag of France.svg
David Healy 1998–1999480.517 November 1998 vs. Flag of Moldova.svg 17 August 1999 vs. Flag of France.svg
Sam Morrow 2005–20064418 February 2005 vs. Flag of Scotland.svg 12 April 2006 vs. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg
Thomas Stewart 2006–20084190.2116 May 2006 vs. Flag of Scotland.svg 26 March 2008 vs. Flag of Romania.svg
Josh Magennis 2009–20124170.248 September 2009 vs. Flag of Iceland.svg 7 September 2012 vs. Flag of North Macedonia.svg
Oliver Norwood 2009–20124110.3613 November 2009 vs. Flag of Germany.svg 2 March 2010 vs. Flag of San Marino.svg
Paul O'Neill 2019–20214100.49 October 2020 vs. Flag of Finland.svg 12 November 2021 vs. Flag of Lithuania.svg
10 Gary Hamilton 2000–20013120.252 June 2000 vs. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 10 October 2000 vs. Flag of Iceland.svg
Mo Harkin 2000–2001390.3328 March 2000 vs. Flag of Malta.svg 10 October 2000 vs. Flag of Iceland.svg
Grant McCann 2000–20013110.2710 October 2000 vs. Flag of Iceland.svg 5 October 2001 vs. Flag of Malta.svg
Lee McEvilly 2002–2003390.336 September 2002 vs. Flag of Scotland.svg 1 April 2003 vs. Flag of Greece.svg
Chris Turner 2006–20083120.251 June 2007 vs. Flag of Moldova.svg 16 November 2007 vs. Flag of Luxembourg.svg
Andrew Little 2008–2010360.518 November 2008 vs. Flag of Scotland.svg 3 September 2010 vs. Flag of San Marino.svg
Billy Kee 2009–20113100.310 August 2011 vs. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg 10 August 2011 vs. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg
David Parkhouse 2017–20203170.188 June 2017 vs. Flag of Estonia.svg 4 September 2020 vs. Flag of Malta.svg
Alfie McCalmont 2019–20223160.1914 November 2019 vs. Flag of Hungary.svg 12 November 2021 vs. Flag of Lithuania.svg

Under-21 graduates

Players who have won 25 or more Northern Ireland 'Full' caps after playing for Northern Ireland U21.

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Full caps and goals updated as of 12 October 2021 after the Northern Ireland senior team match against Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria .

NameU21 CapsU21 GoalsU21 CareerFull CapsFull GoalsFull Career
Chris Baird 612002–20037902003–2016
Kingsley Black 1019903011988–1994
Liam Boyce 902010–20122822011–
Noel Brotherston 1019782731980–1985
Chris Brunt 212005–20066532004–2017
Roy Carroll 1101998–19994501997–2017
Craig Cathcart 1502006–20096522010–
Sammy Clingan 1112003–20063902006–2014
Stuart Dallas 202011–20125832011–
Steven Davis 302003–2004130122005–
Mal Donaghy 1019789101980–1994
Iain Dowie 11199059121990–1999
Stuart Elliott 301998–19993942000–2007
Corry Evans 1002008–20106622009–
Jonny Evans 3020069142006–
Warren Feeney 822001–20034652002–2011
Shane Ferguson 1102008–20125222009–
Keith Gillespie 1019948621995–2008
Danny Griffin 1011998–19992911996–2004
Billy Hamilton 1019784151979–1989
David Healy 841998–199995362000–2013
Michael Hughes 1019907151991–2004
Damien Johnson 1101998–19995601999–2009
Kyle Lafferty 20200685202006–
Neil Lennon 201990–19944021994–2002
Josh Magennis 1742009–20126382010–
Jim Magilton 1019905251991–2002
Grant McCann 1132000–20013942001–2012
George McCartney 502000–20013412001–2010
David McCreery 1019786701976–1990
Michael McGovern 1002005–20063302010–
Conor McLaughlin 702010–20124312011–
Paddy McNair 2020145152015–
Philip Mulryne 511998–19992731997–2007
Jimmy Nicholl 1019787311976–1986
Oliver Norwood 1142009–20125702010–2018
John O'Neill 1019783921980–1986
Michael O'Neill 1019943141988–1996
Bailey Peacock-Farrell 1020182702018–
James Quinn 1019945041996–2006
Maik Taylor 1019988801999–2011
Jamie Ward 722006–20083542011–2018

Managers

  Current manager highlighted in green

Last updated after the match against Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania on 7 June 2022.

ManagerFirst GameLast GamePldWDLGFGAGDWin %Draw %Loss %
Ulster Banner.svg Danny Blanchflower 8 March 1978 vs. Flag of Ireland.svg 8 March 1978 vs. Flag of Ireland.svg 10101100.00%100.00%0.00%
Ulster Banner.svg Billy Bingham 3 April 1990 vs. Flag of Israel.svg 3 April 1990 vs. Flag of Israel.svg 110021+1100.00%0.00%0.00%
Ulster Banner.svg Bryan Hamilton 22 March 1994 vs. Flag of Romania.svg 22 March 1994 vs. Flag of Romania.svg 10100000.00%100.00%0.00%
Ulster Banner.svg Roy Millar 21 April 1998 vs. Flag of Switzerland.svg 21 April 1998 vs. Flag of Switzerland.svg 110021+1100.00%0.00%0.00%
Ulster Banner.svg Chris Nicholl 20 May 1998 vs. Flag of Scotland.svg 8 October 1999 vs. Flag of Finland.svg 133551113–223.08%38.46%38.46%
Ulster Banner.svg Roy Millar 28 March 2000 vs. Flag of Malta.svg 26 March 2008 vs. Flag of Romania.svg 48188226479–1537.50%16.67%45.83%
Flag of England.svg Steve Beaglehole 19 August 2008 vs. Flag of Poland.svg 15 November 2011 vs. Flag of Serbia.svg 2143142339–1619.05%14.29%66.67%
Ulster Banner.svg Steve Robinson 10 May 2012 vs. Flag of North Macedonia.svg 15 October 2013 vs. Flag of Serbia.svg 100010524–190.00%0.00%100.00%
Ulster Banner.svg Jim Magilton *14 November 2013 vs. Flag of Italy.svg 11 October 2016 vs. Flag of France.svg 141211827–197.14%14.29%78.57%
Flag of England.svg Ian Baraclough 8 June 2017 vs. Flag of Estonia.svg 19 November 2019 vs. Flag of Romania.svg 199642219+347.37%31.58%21.05%
Flag of England.svg Andy Crosby **4 September 2020 vs. Flag of Malta.svg 5 June 2021 vs. Flag of Scotland.svg 7304911–242.86%0.00%57.14%
Flag of England.svg John Schofield 3 September 2021 vs. Flag of Malta.svg 9216823–1522.22%11.11%66.67%
Total145422776155238-8328.97%18.62%52.41%

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  1. Roy Millar managed for the first seven qualifying matches. Steve Beaglehole managed the last game of the qualification campaign.
  2. Steve Beaglehole managed for the first five qualifying matches. Stephen Robinson managed for the remainder of the qualification campaign.
  3. Stephen Robinson managed for the first four qualifying matches. Jim Magilton managed for the remainder of the qualification campaign.
  4. Ian Baraclough managed for the first five qualifying matches. Andy Crosby was appointed caretaker manager for the remainder of the qualification campaign.
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