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Trio on U21 duty

2 September 2016

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Rovers have three players on Under-21 international duty this Friday night with Scotland and the Republic of Ireland involved in UEFA U21 qualifiers.

Jack Byrne and Tommie Hoban are with Ireland's Under-21s for a match against Slovenia in Waterford. Whilst Stephen Hendrie's Scotland face FYR Macedonia at Tynecastle.

Ireland began their qualifying group in fine form with three consecutive victories, however a run of four losses has seen them slip out of qualifying contention, ten points behind Group 2 leaders Italy with just three matches left to play.

A route through via the play-offs could be an option but they will need to defeat tonight's opponents to have any chance of closing the six point gap on Slovenia in second place.

Darragh Lenihan is also with the Ireland squad but is suspended for tonight's match.

Scotland find themselves in a similar position to Ireland with an outside chance of reaching the play-off stages. France lead the group with 14 points from their seven games, with the Scots in fourth with eight points from six matches.

But immediately above them are Macedonia, who are level with second place Iceland on 12 points.

Both countries face away qualifiers on Tuesday after tonight's games, Scotland travel to Kiev to face Ukraine, whilst Ireland play Serbia.

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