John Joe Finn

  • Young Getafe star John Joe Patrick Finn has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad to focus on his upcoming university exams.

    The 17-year-old whose father hails from Ballyhaunis has made a number of LaLiga appearances for Getafe, and he is highly rated in Spain.

    Despite Finn withdrawing from the training camp in Marbella, manager Jim Crawford said he is looking forward to representing Ireland.

  • Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Jim Crawford says he is confident that John Joe Finn will be a part of his squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifying campaign with the Madrid born teenager having firmly indicated his desire to play for Ireland.

    Finn, whose father was born in Ballyhaunis, has a number of international options but the FAI presented to him and his family a couple of months back and Crawford says that the player would have been included in his squad for next week’s friendly game in Wales but for an ankle injury that has sidelined him for 10 days or so.

    The manager believes that the 17-year-old's decision will have been influenced by the rapid progress of other young players to the Irish senior squad in recent months, something he says he has been using as a selling point to young prospects with a decision on their international future to make.