Irish Youth Players Based in Europe

There are a number of players with dual nationality playing at some of Europe’s top clubs that are potential recruits of the Ireland national team. But who will choose The Green and Gold?

John-Joe Patrick Finn and Zak Gilsenan are two young Irish wonderkids who tried to make a name for themselves outside the UK and Ireland. Finn spent time at Real Madrid before moving to one of their your teams, while Gilsenan is now back in the UK after spending time at Barcelona’s world-famous academy La Masia.

Ireland have used players with dual nationality in the past, players like John Aldridge and Andy Townsend were just two Englishmen that Jack Charlton convinced to represent Ireland in the 80’s.

More recently players like Darron Gibson and James McClean have selected Republic of Ireland over Northern Ireland.

Will any of the following players represent Ireland in the future?

Marcus Rowley – Malaga

A skill full defensive midfield playmaker with an Irish father and an Spanish mother. currently playing for the Malaga academy, Rowley has been called up to Ireland’s Under-16’s team for a victory shield qualifier.

Marcus Rowley Profile

Robin Walsh – Anderlecht

Robin Walsh plays in the youth ranks at Anderlecht Under-19’s. Eligible for Belgium but has represented Ireland at underage level, most recently at under-17 level in 2014. A versatile player who can play across defence and as a holding midfielder.

Robin Walsh Profile

Liam Bossin – Anderlecht

Another player in Belgium with Anderlecht. Bossin signed on professional contract with Anderlecht in 2015 and is highly rated at the club. Capped by Ireland at Under-19’s and 21’s as well as being named on the bench for Anderlecht a number of times. Had a trial with Nottingham Forest in 2017.

Liam Bossin Profile

Lukas Browning – FC Twente

Born in Ireland, Browning joined Dutch side FC Twente and has caught the eye at underage level for both Ireland and Sweden. A tricky the left winger, the 18-year-old most recently represented his mother’s birth country Sweden having played for Ireland at under-17 level in March 2016.

Lukas Browning Profile

Niklas Baylor – Wolfsburg

Born to a German mother and Irish father, 17-year-old Baylor has represented Ireland at under 16 level, in the same team as Rowley. An attacking right back who is keen to play for Ireland.

Niklas Baylor Profile

Caoimhin Fowler – Vitesse

An exciting attacker Caoimhin Fowler is on the books at Chelsea link club Vitesse. He was born in Dublin but grew up in Australia – meaning that he is still eligible for the Australian national side too. Capped at under-17 level for Ireland and could eventually step up to the senior team.

Caoimhin Fowler Profile

Ryan Nolan – Inter Milan

Playing for Inter Milan’s Primavera youth set up, the right back, Nolan is a physically imposing player capable of barging forward. Signed a three-year deal with Inter Milan in 2015 after joining them in 2006. Capped for Ireland Under-18’s.

Ryan Nolan Profile

Ryan Johansson – Bayern Munich

Eligible for a number of national teams, Johansson was born in Luxemburg to a Swedish father and Irish mother. An attacking midfielder, Johansson joined German champions Bayern Munich from French side Metz in 2016.

Ryan Johansson Profile




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