Mick McCarthy impressed by Conor Masterson and Dara O'Shea

Dublin , Ireland - 9 September 2019; Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin.

Dara O'Shea and Conor Masterson have featured for Ireland's Under-21's.

Dublin , Ireland - 9 September 2019; Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin.

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has admitted to The Irish Times that he was impressed with Dara O'Shea and Conor Masterson on Friday night.

Republic of Ireland Under-21's take on Sweden tonight, and will hope to build on Friday's 1-0 win over Armenia with another win.

Forwards Aaron Connolly and Troy Parrott stole the headlines by combining for the only goal of the game, but others impressed too.

 

Ireland senior boss McCarthy – a former Premier League boss with Sunderland and Wolves – has offered his verdict on the two centre backs in the Ireland Under-21 side.

QPR's Masterson and West Bromwich Albion's O'Shea started together in the heart of defence, and helped keep a clean sheet on Friday night.

Masterson joined QPR from Liverpool over the summer after his contract at Anfield expired, whilst O'Shea is back at The Hawthorns after a loan spell at Exeter City.

DUBLIN , IRELAND - 6 September 2019; Dara O'Shea of Republic of Ireland arrives prior to the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Armenia...

Masterson (21) and O'Shea (20) have bright futures ahead of them, and McCarthy has admitted that he has a soft spot for the pair having been a defender himself.

McCarthy praised the duo as competitive and able to pass the ball out from the back effectively, meaning the pair ma well be eyed up for future senior call-ups if they continue their progress.

“I have a soft spot too for centre backs, I liked both of them,” said McCarthy. “They were both competitive, they could can play, they both could pass the ball,” he added.

DUBLIN , IRELAND - 6 September 2019; Conor Masterson of Republic of Ireland walks our prior to the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and...

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