Former Finn Harps defender Ethan Boyle has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland U21 squad ahead of the UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier against Germany.

Coach Noel King's side face a crucial qualifier against the Group Five leaders at Tallaght Stadium this evening (Tuesday) with kick-off at 6pm.

Boyle, who now plays with Shamrock Roves has been drafted into the squad and is in contention to feature for the team after their 1-1 draw against Kosovo on Friday.

Ronan Curtis, who grew up in St. Johnston in east Donegal, scored in the 81st minute to secure a point in Kosovo and go into Tuesday's match two points behind their opponents.

Ireland have never qualified for the UEFA U21 European Championships finals and with three games left, Noel King's side have qualification in their own hands.

"It's a huge game for us and the boys are buzzing for it. We got back from Kosovo on Saturday, it's been a long week for the group but the attitude has been excellent and everyone is really looking forward to it," King said.

"It was a good point in the end in Kosovo. They took points off Norway and Germany so it's a good result, and we go into tomorrow's game full of confidence.

"This is a really talented group and the players have done brilliantly throughout the campaign. They've got themselves into a great position and the chance of qualification is still there."

A big crowd is expected at Tallaght Stadium  with tickets just €5 for adults and FREE for U18s, FAI Season Ticket Holders and Shamrock Rovers Season Ticket Holders. Tickets are currently available from Ticketmaster and will be available on the gate on the evening. 

President Michael D Higgins is set to attend the fixture and U21 Head Coach King believes the Tallaght Stadium crowd will have a big part to play.

"We had a fantastic night at Tallaght Stadium the last time we were here against Azerbaijan. The crowd really got behind the team and they had a huge part to play in the last minute goal," King added.

"They pushed the players on and we'll need that again tomorrow. Germany are a top team and it should be a great occasion. It is definitely one of the biggest games I've been involved in with the U21s.

"If we can play to our best and get the result we need, we'll go into the final two games in October with a great chance of qualification and these players really deserve that reward."

Republic of Ireland U21 squad v Germany

Goalkeepers: Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United, loan Macclesfield Town), Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest).

Defenders: Danny Kane (Cork City FC, loan AFC Fylde), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Conor Shaughnessy (Leeds United), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale), Corey Whelan (Liverpool, loan Crewe Alexandra), Sean McLoughlin (Cork City), Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town) Ethan Boyle (Shamrock Rovers).

Midfielders: Jake Mulraney (Hearts), Jamie McGrath (Dundalk), Ryan Manning (QPR, loan Rotherham United), Harry Charsley (Everton), Josh Cullen (West Ham United, loan Charlton Athletic), Rory Hale (Derry City).

Forwards: Joe Quigley (Maidstone), Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town), Ronan Hale (Birmingham City, loan Derry City).

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