The order of Ireland’s rescheduled qualifiers for the Under-21 European Championships has been confirmed.
Jim Crawford’s first game since succeeding Stephen Kenny will be a friendly in Slovenia on September 7 that serves as prep for the three key qualifiers.
Italy were due to be Ireland’s last group opponents but will host the Boys in Green on October 13.
The double-header against Iceland and Luxembourg that was postponed in March because of the Covid pandemic has been fixed for November.
Ireland will host Iceland on November 12 before travelling to face Luxembourg on November 17.
Venues and kick-off times for all the games have yet to be confirmed.
Under 21’s manager Jim Crawford (Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)
UEFA last week announced a significant change to next summer’s Under-21 finals with the tournament taking place in two parts.
Before now, the nine group winners and best runner up went to the finals in Slovenia & Hungary with the other second-placed teams contesting the playoffs.
But they have been scrapped and the nine group winners and five best runners up will instead contest the group stage of the tournament from March 24-31, 2021.
The top two in each group will then proceed to the knockout stages which will be played between May 31-June 6.
Ireland are top of their qualifying group and hold a three point advantage over second-placed Italy, but have played two games more.
Crawford said last week: “It doesn’t change the focus for us.
“We’re looking to win the remaining group games and that remains the challenge. We’ll be clear with the players going into each match that maximum points is the goal.”