For the young Rovers defender is with the England Under-19 squad as they get their Euro Elite Qualifying Round underway in Belgium against Georgia this evening.
O'Connell, who has five caps at Under-19 level, is expected to start for Noel Blake's side a they look to reach the finals that take place in Lithuania this summer late July.
England start against the Georgian's in Bornem tonight before a match against hosts Belgium follows on Sunday.
The young lions end their qualification group with a crunch clash against Scotland on Wednesday May 29.
England have made the finals on their last three occasions.