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Irish under-21 call-up for Liddle

Michael Liddle
Michael Liddle has been in good form for the first team in pre-season

Sunderland defender Michael Liddle has been called up by the Republic of Ireland under-21s for the friendly with Austria in Vienna next Tuesday night.

Manager Roy Keane is delighted with the progress of the 18-year-old full-back, who has played a key role in Sunderland's pre-season campaign.

"The young players have done well," Keane told the official website.

"It's a real plus for us and I have no doubts that some of them will be able to handle it at the top level."

Liddle was a member of the Sunderland youth side that won their Academy Premier League group and reached the semi-finals of last season's FA Youth Cup.

Along with midfielders Jordan Henderson and Connor Hourihane, Liddle is expected to break into the Sunderland side in the Premier League this term.

see also
Sunderland youth lose in cup semi
12 Mar 08 |  Sunderland
Sunderland youth defeat Charlton
28 Feb 08 |  Sunderland
Sunderland kids knock out holders
14 Feb 08 |  Sunderland
Sunderland youth see off Silkmen
17 Jan 08 |  Sunderland
Sunderland tie up academy deals
30 May 08 |  Sunderland

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