Northern Ireland national under-21 football team

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.

Northern Ireland Under-21
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationIrish Football Association
Head coachJohn Schofield
Most capsLiam Donnelly (24)
Top scorerLiam Donnelly
Shayne Lavery (5)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Republic of Ireland Rep. of Ireland 1–1 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
(Dalymount Park, Phibsborough; 8 March 1978)
Biggest win
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 5–0 Luxembourg Luxembourg
(Mourneview Park, Lurgan; 16 November 2007)
Biggest defeat
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2–6 Greece Greece
(The Oval, Belfast; 1 April 2003)
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2–6 Iceland Iceland
(The Showgrounds, Coleraine; 8 September 2009)
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances0

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 RecordEdit

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 RecordEdit

UEFA Under-21 Football Championship finals record Qualification record Manager(s)
Year Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1978 Did not enter Did not enter None
1980
1982
1984
1986
1988
1990
1992
  1994
  1996
  1998
  2000 Did not qualify 8 1 3 4 5 9 Chris Nicholl
  2002 10 2 2 6 12 21 Roy Millar
  2004 8 2 1 5 8 16
  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[1]
  2011 8 2 1 5 12 16 Steve Beaglehole
  2013 8 1 1 6 5 13 Steve Beaglehole, Stephen Robinson[2]
  2015 8 1 0 7 3 17 Stephen Robinson, Jim Magilton[3]
  2017 10 0 2 8 6 18 Jim Magilton
   2019 10 6 2 2 15 11 Ian Baraclough
   2021 10 2 3 5 7 13 Ian Baraclough, Andy Crosby[4]
   2023 To be determined 6 2 0 4 6 10 John Schofield
Total - 0/23 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 96 25 15 58 102 163 -

Results and fixturesEdit

2021Edit

2 June International friendly Scotland   1–2   Northern Ireland Dumbarton, Scotland
15:00 BST Middleton   40' (pen.) Report Taylor   10'
Baggley   45+1'
Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium
Attendance: 0
5 June International friendly Scotland   3–2   Northern Ireland Dumbarton, Scotland
14:00 BST Clayton   25'
Williamson   44'
Middleton   78' (pen.)
Wylie   29'
Waide   69'
Stadium: Dumbarton Football Stadium
Attendance: 0
3 September 2023 UEFA U-21 Group C Qualifier Malta   4–1   Northern Ireland Ta' Qali, Malta
15:30 BST Engerer   24'
Veselji   36' (40), pen.'
Attard   84'
Report Lane   58' Stadium: Centenary Stadium
Referee: Milovan Milačić (Montenegro)
7 September 2023 UEFA U-21 Group C Qualifier Northern Ireland   1–0   Slovakia Lurgan, Northern Ireland
19:30 BST Galbraith   54' (pen.) Report Stadium: Mourneview Park
Attendance: 397
Referee: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (Iceland)

2022Edit

2023 UEFA European Under-21 Football ChampionshipEdit

Group stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15 Final tournament 4–1 3–2 7 Jun 3–0 25 Mar
2   Russia 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11 15 Play-offs 1–0 3–0 6–0 1–0 3 Jun
3   Slovakia 6 3 0 3 11 8 +3 9 29 Mar 7 Jun 4–0 25 Mar 3–1
4   Malta 6 2 0 4 7 18 −11 6 0–5 25 Mar 3 Jun 4–1 29 Mar
5   Northern Ireland 6 2 0 4 6 10 −4 6 3 Jun 29 Mar 1–0 0–2 4–0
6   Lithuania 6 1 0 5 3 15 −12 3 0–2 0–3 0–2 2–1 7 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 2000 will be eligible until the completion of the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[5]

The following players were named in the squad for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers against   Lithuania and   Malta on the 12 & 16 November 2021.[6]

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021 after the match against   Malta. Names in bold denote players who have been capped for the senior team.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Liam Hughes (2001-08-19) 19 August 2001 (age 20) 6 0   Liverpool
1GK Oliver Webber (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Crystal Palace

2DF Kofi Balmer (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 21) 17 0   Larne
2DF Jack Scott (2002-09-22) 22 September 2002 (age 19) 10 0   Wolves
2DF Trai Hume (2002-03-18) 18 March 2002 (age 19) 9 0   Sunderland
2DF Aaron Donnelly (2003-06-08) 8 June 2003 (age 18) 8 0   Nottingham Forest
2DF Finn Cousin-Dawson (2002-07-04) 4 July 2002 (age 19) 6 0   Bradford City
2DF Sean Stewart (2003-01-21) 21 January 2003 (age 19) 2 0   Norwich City
2DF Shea Charles (2003-11-05) 5 November 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Manchester City

3MF Caolan Boyd-Munce (2000-01-26) 26 January 2000 (age 22) 19 0   Middlesbrough
3MF Ethan Galbraith (2001-05-11) 11 May 2001 (age 20) 16 1   Doncaster Rovers (on loan from Manchester United)
3MF Alfie McCalmont (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 21) 14 3   Morecambe (on loan from Leeds United)
3MF Oisin Smyth (2000-05-05) 5 May 2000 (age 21) 7 0   Dungannon Swifts
3MF Chris Conn-Clarke (2001-11-22) 22 November 2001 (age 20) 6 1   Fleetwood Town
3MF Paddy Lane (2001-02-18) 18 February 2001 (age 20) 6 1   Fleetwood Town
3MF Carl Johnston (2002-05-29) 29 May 2002 (age 19) 5 0   Fleetwood Town
3MF Barry Baggley (2002-01-11) 11 January 2002 (age 20) 3 1   Fleetwood Town
3MF JJ McKiernan (2002-01-18) 18 January 2002 (age 20) 2 0   Watford

4FW Paul O'Neill (2000-01-07) 7 January 2000 (age 22) 10 4   Cliftonville
4FW Ryan Waide (2000-02-12) 12 February 2000 (age 21) 7 1   Ballymena United
4FW John McGovern (2002-10-17) 17 October 2002 (age 19) 4 0   Newry City
4FW Dale Taylor (2003-12-12) 12 December 2003 (age 18) 3 1   Nottingham Forest
4FW Harry Anderson (2002-11-01) 1 November 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Portadown
4FW Calvin McCurry (2001-12-26) 26 December 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Ards

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Declan Dunne (2000-03-31) 31 March 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Dungannon Swifts v.   Spain, 12 October 2021
GK Dermot Mee (2002-11-20) 20 November 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Manchester United v.   Scotland, 5 June 2021
GK David Walsh (2002-07-05) 5 July 2002 (age 19) 1 0   Linfield v.   Scotland, 5 June 2021

DF Sam McClelland (2002-01-04) 4 January 2002 (age 20) 4 0   Chelsea v.   Spain, 12 October 2021
DF Kyle McClelland (2002-02-10) 10 February 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Rangers v.   Spain, 12 October 2021
DF Daniel Finlayson (2001-01-19) 19 January 2001 (age 21) 3 0   St Mirren v.   Slovakia, 7 September 2021
DF Aaron Donnelly (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Cliftonville v.   Slovakia, 7 September 2021

MF Cammy Palmer (2000-05-15) 15 May 2000 (age 21) 10 0   Linfield v.   Spain, 12 October 2021
MF Dylan Boyle (2002-01-15) 15 January 2002 (age 20) 1 0   Fleetwood Town v.   Slovakia, 7 September 2021
MF Amrit Bansal-McNulty (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Crawley Town (on loan from Queens Park Rangers) v.   Scotland, 5 June 2021
MF Ben Wylie (2002-06-29) 29 June 2002 (age 19) 1 1   Celtic v.   Scotland, 5 June 2021
MF Eoin Teggart (2002-02-06) 6 February 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Portadown v.   Scotland, 5 June 2021
MF Aidan Steele (2002-10-20) 20 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Crystal Palace Training Camp, March 2021
MF Liam Ravenhill (2002-11-28) 28 November 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Doncaster Rovers Training Camp, March 2021

FW Lewis McCann (2001-06-07) 7 June 2001 (age 20) 6 0   Dunfermline Athletic v.   Scotland, 5 June 2021
FW Liam Smyth (2001-09-06) 6 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Wingate & Finchley Training Camp, March 2021
FW Ben Wilson (2001-12-05) 5 December 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Brighton Training Camp, March 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 recordsEdit

Top appearancesEdit

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021 after the match against   Malta.

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.  
Caolan Boyd-Munce 2017–2020 19 0 25 March 2019 vs.   16 November 2021 vs.  
7 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.  
Kofi Balmer 2019– 17 0 22 March 2019 vs.   16 November 2021 vs.  

Top goalscorersEdit

  Players still active are highlighted in green

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021 after the match against   Malta.

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 0.5 17 November 1998 vs.   17 August 1999 vs.  
Sam Morrow 2005–2006 4 4 1 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.  
Paul O'Neill 2019– 4 10 0.4 9 October 2020 vs.   12 November 2021 vs.  
10 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 0.5 18 November 2008 vs.   3 September 2010 vs.  
Billy Kee 2009–2011 3 10 0.3 10 August 2011 vs.   10 August 2011 vs.  
David Parkhouse 2017–2020 3 17 0.18 8 June 2017 vs.   4 September 2020 vs.  
Alfie McCalmont 2019– 3 14 0.21 14 November 2019 vs.   12 November 2021 vs.  

Under-21 graduatesEdit

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   Bulgaria.

Name U21 Caps U21 Goals U21 Career Full Caps Full Goals Full Career
Chris Baird 6 1 2002–2003 79 0 2003–2016
Kingsley Black 1 0 1990 30 1 1988–1994
Liam Boyce 9 0 2010–2012 28 2 2011–
Noel Brotherston 1 0 1978 27 3 1980–1985
Chris Brunt 2 1 2005–2006 65 3 2004–2017
Roy Carroll 11 0 1998–1999 45 0 1997–2017
Craig Cathcart 15 0 2006–2009 65 2 2010–
Sammy Clingan 11 1 2003–2006 39 0 2006–2014
Stuart Dallas 2 0 2011–2012 58 3 2011–
Steven Davis 3 0 2003–2004 130 12 2005–
Mal Donaghy 1 0 1978 91 0 1980–1994
Iain Dowie 1 1 1990 59 12 1990–1999
Stuart Elliott 3 0 1998–1999 39 4 2000–2007
Corry Evans 10 0 2008–2010 66 2 2009–
Jonny Evans 3 0 2006 91 4 2006–
Warren Feeney 8 2 2001–2003 46 5 2002–2011
Shane Ferguson 11 0 2008–2012 52 2 2009–
Keith Gillespie 1 0 1994 86 2 1995–2008
Danny Griffin 10 1 1998–1999 29 1 1996–2004
Billy Hamilton 1 0 1978 41 5 1979–1989
David Healy 8 4 1998–1999 95 36 2000–2013
Michael Hughes 1 0 1990 71 5 1991–2004
Damien Johnson 11 0 1998–1999 56 0 1999–2009
Kyle Lafferty 2 0 2006 85 20 2006–
Neil Lennon 2 0 1990–1994 40 2 1994–2002
Josh Magennis 17 4 2009–2012 63 8 2010–
Jim Magilton 1 0 1990 52 5 1991–2002
Grant McCann 11 3 2000–2001 39 4 2001–2012
George McCartney 5 0 2000–2001 34 1 2001–2010
David McCreery 1 0 1978 67 0 1976–1990
Michael McGovern 10 0 2005–2006 33 0 2010–
Conor McLaughlin 7 0 2010–2012 43 1 2011–
Paddy McNair 2 0 2014 51 5 2015–
Philip Mulryne 5 1 1998–1999 27 3 1997–2007
Jimmy Nicholl 1 0 1978 73 1 1976–1986
Oliver Norwood 11 4 2009–2012 57 0 2010–2018
John O'Neill 1 0 1978 39 2 1980–1986
Michael O'Neill 1 0 1994 31 4 1988–1996
Bailey Peacock-Farrell 1 0 2018 27 0 2018–
James Quinn 1 0 1994 50 4 1996–2006
Maik Taylor 1 0 1998 88 0 1999–2011
Jamie Ward 7 2 2006–2008 35 4 2011–2018

ManagersEdit

  Current manager highlighted in green

Last updated after the match against   Malta on 16 November 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%
  John Schofield 3 September 2021 vs.   6 2 0 4 6 10 –4 33.33% 0.00% 66.67%
Total 142 42 26 74 153 225 -72 29.58% 18.31% 52.11%
  • * first two games as caretaker manager
  • ** caretaker manager for all 7 games

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  5. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2021-23". UEFA. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Schofield chooses 22-man squad for qualifiers against Lithuania and Malta". 5 November 2021.

External linksEdit