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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2006, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Gibson in Republic Under-21 squad
Darron Gibson of Manchester United
Darron Gibson has impressed club boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United prospect Darron Gibson was won his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 panel.

The 18-year-old midfielder from Londonderry is in the squad for the Uefa Championship qualifying game away to Greece on Wednesday, 16 August.

Gibson received praise from club manager Alex Ferguson for impressive performances in some pre-season games.

The Irish play Greece at the Panionios FC Stadium in Nea Smyrni and then meet Belgium in Galway on 1 September.

The top team in the three-nation group will advance to a play-off in October where they will contest for a place in next year's finals, to be hosted in the Netherlands.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph, defender Darren O'Dea and attacker Anthony Stokes join Gibson in Don Givens' squad having all been promoted from last season's Under-19 panel.

Republic of Ireland squad: Colin Doyle (Birmingham City), Darren Randolph (Charlton Athletic), Kevin Foley (Luton Town), Paul McShane (Manchester United), Alex Bruce (Birmingham City), Marcos Painter (Birmingham City), Darren O'Dea (Celtic), Glenn Whelan (Sheffield Wednesday), Willo Flood (Manchester City), Paul Keegan (Drogheda United), Michael Timlin (Fulham), Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Kevin Deery (Derry City), Jay Tabb (Coventry City), Roy O'Donovan (Cork City), Andy Keogh (Scunthorpe United), Stephen Ward (Bohemians), Anthony Stokes (Arsenal).

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