|Association||Irish Football Association|
|Head coach||John Schofield|
|Most caps||Liam Donnelly (24)|
|Top scorer|| Liam Donnelly |
Shayne Lavery (5)
| Rep. of Ireland 1–1 Northern Ireland |
(Dalymount Park, Phibsborough; 8 March 1978)
| Northern Ireland 5–0 Luxembourg |
(Mourneview Park, Lurgan; 16 November 2007)
| Northern Ireland 2–6 Greece |
(The Oval, Belfast; 1 April 2003)
Northern Ireland 2–6 Iceland
(The Showgrounds, Coleraine; 8 September 2009)
|UEFA U-21 Championship|
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.
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.
For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page
|UEFA Under-21 Football Championship finals record||Qualification record||Manager(s)|
|1978||Did not enter||Did not enter||None|
|2000||Did not qualify||8||1||3||4||5||9||Chris Nicholl|
|2006||Did not enter||Did not enter||None|
|2007||Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||10||7||Roy Millar|
|2009||8||4||0||4||13||12||Roy Millar, Steve Beaglehole|
|2013||8||1||1||6||5||13||Steve Beaglehole, Stephen Robinson|
|2015||8||1||0||7||3||17||Stephen Robinson, Jim Magilton|
|2021||10||2||3||5||7||13||Ian Baraclough, Andy Crosby|
|2023||To be determined||John Schofield|
|4 September 2021 UEFA U-21 Group 8 Qualifier||Malta||0–2||Northern Ireland||Ta' Qali, Malta|
|17:00 BST|| Larkin 58'|
|Report||Stadium: Centenary Stadium |
Referee: Michal Ocenáš (Slovakia)
|8 September 2021 UEFA U-21 Group 8 Qualifier||Northern Ireland||0–1||Denmark||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|17:00 BST||Report||Olsen 76' (pen.)||Stadium: Ballymena Showgrounds |
Referee: Igor Pajac (Croatia)
|9 October 2021 UEFA U-21 Group 8 Qualifier||Northern Ireland||2–3||Finland||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|18:00 BST||O'Neill 23', 59'||Report|| Stavitski 44'|
|Stadium: Ballymena Showgrounds |
Referee: Vitor Fernandes Ferreira (Portugal)
|13 October 2021 UEFA U-21 Group 8 Qualifier||Northern Ireland||1–0||Ukraine||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|18:00 BST||O'Neill 61'||Report||Stadium: Ballymena Showgrounds |
Referee: Barbeno Luca (San Marino)
|2 June International friendly||Scotland||1–2||Northern Ireland||Dumbarton, Scotland|
|15:00 BST||Middleton 40' (pen.)||Report|| Taylor 10'|
|Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium |
|5 June International friendly||Scotland||3–2||Northern Ireland||Dumbarton, Scotland|
|14:00 BST|| Clayton 25'|
Middleton 78' (pen.)
| Wylie 29'|
|Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium |
Players born on or after 1 January 2000 will be eligible until the completion of the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
The following players were named in a Under-21 Euro 2023 qualifiers preparation training camp which includes two friendlies against Scotland on the 2 and 5 June 2021.
Caps and goals updated as of 5 June 2021 after the match against Scotland. Names in bold denote players who have been capped for the senior team .
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Dermot Mee||20 November 2002||1||0||Manchester United|
|GK||David Walsh||5 July 2002||1||0||Linfield|
|DF||Kofi Balmer||19 September 2000||11||0||Ballymena United|
|DF||Jack Scott||22 September 2002||5||0||Wolves|
|DF||Daniel Finlayson||19 January 2001||3||0||St Mirren|
|DF||Trai Hume||18 March 2002||3||0||Ballymena United (on loan from Linfield)|
|DF||Sean Stewart||21 January 2003||2||0||Norwich City|
|DF||Aaron Donnelly||8 June 2003||2||0||Nottingham Forest|
|DF||Finn Cousin-Dawson||4 July 2002||1||0||Bradford City|
|DF||Kyle McClelland||10 February 2002||0||0||Rangers|
|MF||Caolan Boyd-Munce||26 January 2000||13||0||Birmingham City|
|MF||Cammy Palmer||15 May 2000||9||0||Linfield|
|MF||Amrit Bansal-McNulty||16 March 2000||2||0||Queens Park Rangers|
|MF||Oisin Smyth||5 May 2000||2||0||Dungannon Swifts|
|MF||Barry Baggley||11 January 2002||2||1||Fleetwood Town|
|MF||Carl Johnston||29 May 2002||2||0||Fleetwood Town|
|MF||Chris Conn-Clarke||22 November 2001||1||0||Fleetwood Town|
|MF||Ben Wylie||29 June 2002||1||1||Ballymena United (on loan from Celtic)|
|MF||Eoin Teggart||6 February 2002||0||0||Unattached|
|FW||Lewis McCann||7 June 2001||6||0||Dunfermline Athletic|
|FW||Dale Taylor||12 December 2003||2||1||Nottingham Forest|
|FW||Ryan Waide||12 February 2000||1||1||Ballymena United|
The following players have previously been called up to the Northern Ireland under-21 squad in the last year and remain eligible.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Liam Hughes||19 August 2001||2||0||Liverpool||Training Camp, March 2021|
|GK||Oliver Webber||26 June 2000||1||0||Crystal Palace||Training Camp, March 2021|
|DF||Sam McClelland||4 January 2002||0||0||Chelsea||Training Camp, March 2021|
|DF||Aaron Donnelly||27 March 2000||0||0||Cliftonville||Training Camp, March 2021|
|MF||Ethan Galbraith||11 May 2001||11||0||Manchester United||Training Camp, March 2021|
|MF||JJ McKiernan||18 January 2002||2||0||Watford||Training Camp, March 2021|
|MF||Aidan Steele||20 October 2002||0||0||Crystal Palace||Training Camp, March 2021|
|MF||Liam Ravenhill||28 November 2002||0||0||Doncaster Rovers||Training Camp, March 2021|
|MF||Alfie McCalmont||25 March 2000||11||1||Oldham Athletic||v. Ukraine, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Andy Scott||19 June 2000||1||0||Larne||v. Ukraine, 17 November 2020|
|MF||Luke Wilson||15 February 2000||0||0||Portadown||v. Ukraine, 17 November 2020 COVID|
|FW||Paul O'Neill||7 January 2000||6||3||Cliftonville||Training Camp, March 2021|
|FW||Liam Smyth||6 September 2001||0||0||Unattached||Training Camp, March 2021|
|FW||Ben Wilson||5 December 2001||0||0||Brighton||Training Camp, March 2021|
|FW||Chris McKee||7 May 2002||0||0||Rangers||v. Ukraine, 17 November 2020|
|FW||Harry Robinson||26 September 2000||1||0||Unattached||v. Denmark, 8 September 2020|
COVID = Player withdrew due to a positive COVID test or from being in close contact with someone with a positive COVID test.
Caps and goals updated as of 5 June 2021 after the match against Scotland.
|Rank||Player||Year(s)||U-21 Caps||U-21 Goals||First Cap||Last Cap|
|1||Liam Donnelly||2012–2018||24||5||13 November 2012 vs.||16 October 2018 vs.|
|2||Sean Friars||1998–2001||21||2||21 April 1998 vs.||5 June 2001 vs.|
|3||Terry McFlynn||2000–2003||19||2||28 March 2000 vs.||10 October 2003 vs.|
|Rory McArdle||2006–2008||19||1||6 February 2006 vs.||26 March 2008 vs.|
|Thomas Stewart||2006–2008||19||4||6 February 2006 vs.||26 March 2008 vs.|
|6||Chris Casement||2007–2009||18||2||6 February 2007 vs.||17 November 2009 vs.|
|Cameron Dummigan||2014–2018||18||0||9 September 2014 vs.||16 October 2018 vs.|
|8||Jeff Whitley||1998–2000||17||1||21 April 1998 vs.||10 October 2000 vs.|
|Ciarán Toner||2000–2003||17||1||28 March 2000 vs.||1 April 2003 vs.|
|Josh Magennis||2009–2012||17||4||11 August 2009 vs.||13 November 2012 vs.|
|David Parkhouse||2017–2020||17||3||8 June 2017 vs.||8 September 2020 vs.|
Caps and goals updated as of 5 June 2021 after the match against Scotland.
|Rank||Player||Year(s)||U-21 Goals||U-21 Caps||Goals per game||First Goal||Last Goal|
|1||Liam Donnelly||2012–2018||5||24||0.21||8 June 2017 vs.||11 September 2018 vs.|
|Shayne Lavery||2016–2020||5||14||0.36||10 November 2017 vs.||25 March 2019 vs.|
|3||Adrian Coote||1998–1999||4||12||0.33||21 April 1998 vs.||17 August 1999 vs.|
|David Healy||1998–1999||4||8||0.50||17 November 1998 vs.||17 August 1999 vs.|
|Sam Morrow||2005–2006||4||4||1.00||8 February 2005 vs.||12 April 2006 vs.|
|Thomas Stewart||2006–2008||4||19||0.21||16 May 2006 vs.||26 March 2008 vs.|
|Josh Magennis||2009–2012||4||17||0.24||8 September 2009 vs.||7 September 2012 vs.|
|Oliver Norwood||2009–2012||4||11||0.36||13 November 2009 vs.||2 March 2010 vs.|
|9||Gary Hamilton||2000–2001||3||12||0.25||2 June 2000 vs.||10 October 2000 vs.|
|Mo Harkin||2000–2001||3||9||0.33||28 March 2000 vs.||10 October 2000 vs.|
|Grant McCann||2000–2001||3||11||0.27||10 October 2000 vs.||5 October 2001 vs.|
|Lee McEvilly||2002–2003||3||9||0.33||6 September 2002 vs.||1 April 2003 vs.|
|Chris Turner||2006–2008||3||12||0.25||1 June 2007 vs.||16 November 2007 vs.|
|Andrew Little||2008–2010||3||6||0.50||18 November 2008 vs.||3 September 2010 vs.|
|Billy Kee||2009–2011||3||10||0.30||10 August 2011 vs.||10 August 2011 vs.|
|David Parkhouse||2017–2020||3||17||0.18||8 June 2017 vs.||4 September 2020 vs.|
|Paul O'Neill||2019–||3||6||0.50||9 October 2020 vs.||13 October 2020 vs.|
Players who have won 25 or more Northern Ireland 'Full' caps after playing for Northern Ireland U21.
Full caps and goals updated as of 3 June 2021 after the Northern Ireland senior team match against Ukraine .
|Name||U21 Caps||U21 Goals||U21 Career||Full Caps||Full Goals||Full Career|
Last updated after the match against Scotland on 5 June 2021.
|Manager||First Game||Last Game||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Win %||Draw %||Loss %|
|Danny Blanchflower||8 March 1978 vs.||8 March 1978 vs.||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%|
|Billy Bingham||3 April 1990 vs.||3 April 1990 vs.||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||100.00%||0.00%||0.00%|
|Bryan Hamilton||22 March 1994 vs.||22 March 1994 vs.||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%|
|Roy Millar||21 April 1998 vs.||21 April 1998 vs.||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||100.00%||0.00%||0.00%|
|Chris Nicholl||20 May 1998 vs.||8 October 1999 vs.||13||3||5||5||11||13||–2||23.08%||38.46%||38.46%|
|Roy Millar||28 March 2000 vs.||26 March 2008 vs.||48||18||8||22||64||79||–15||37.50%||16.67%||45.83%|
|Steve Beaglehole||19 August 2008 vs.||15 November 2011 vs.||21||4||3||14||23||39||–16||19.05%||14.29%||66.67%|
|Steve Robinson||10 May 2012 vs.||15 October 2013 vs.||10||0||0||10||5||24||–19||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%|
|Jim Magilton *||14 November 2013 vs.||11 October 2016 vs.||14||1||2||11||8||27||–19||7.14%||14.29%||78.57%|
|Ian Baraclough||8 June 2017 vs.||19 November 2019 vs.||19||9||6||4||22||19||+3||47.37%||31.58%||21.05%|
|Andy Crosby **||4 September 2020 vs.||5 June 2021 vs.||7||3||0||4||9||11||–2||42.86%||0.00%||57.14%|
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