Leeds United defender Shaughnessy earns Republic U21 call-up

Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy
Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy
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Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy has received further recognition of his emergence at Elland Road with a call-up to the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 squad.

The 21-year-old centre-back, who received a new four-year contract from Leeds last week, is in line to win a first Under-21 cap during the Republic’s forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against Norway and Israel.

Shaughnessy represented the Republic at various youth levels earlier in his career but has never featured for their Under-21 side.

The opportunity follows an impressive breakthrough at Leeds which saw him move up from the club’s development squad over the summer and make his league debut last month.

Shaughnessy’s form earned him a long-term deal at Elland Road and he will link up with the Republic for their games against Norway on October 5 and Israel on October 9 after tomorrow’s Championship game at Sheffield Wednesday.

United have several players preparing for international duty and midfielder Eunan O’Kane is part of the senior Irish squad named for World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales.

Pontus Jansson has been selected by Sweden for clashes against Luxemburg and Holland while Stuart Dallas will feature for Northern Ireland against Germany and Norway as the province prepare for the World Cup play-offs.

Gjanni Alioski is set to play for Macedonia in qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein while captain Liam Cooper could win his first international cap for Scotland in clashes with Slovakia and Slovenia.

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