Watford agree deal with Republic of Ireland Under-19s for Tommie Hoban to return early
12:00pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in Latest Sport
Watford have agreed a deal with the Football Association of Ireland so defender Tommie Hoban can return to the club early due to the Hornets' game with Crystal Palace this weekend.
Hoban, 19, has not played for Watford since New Year's Day due to injury but returned last night to help the Republic of Ireland Under-19s to a 2-1 victory against the Czech Republic.
Goals from St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Ryan Coombes and Tottenham Hotspur’s Kenneth McEvoy sealed the win with Hoban playing the full 90 minutes.
The Under-19s have another game later this week but they agreed to let Hoban return to Watford early due to their rescheduled match with Crystal Palace, which will take place on Friday night.
Joel Ekstrand did not link up with the Sweden squad for their game with Argentina due to a knee injury.
And following some confusion, we can confirm Daniel Pudil did not join the Czech Republic squad for their clash with Turkey tonight. He was on standby. Matej Vydra is expected to feature in the match though.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah picked up his second England Under-21s cap as England beat Sweden 4-0.
A brace from Blackpool’s Tom Ince was added to by Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey and Sunderland’s Connor Wickham as England dispatched with Sweden with ease at Walsall’s Banks’ Stadium.
Chalobah replaced Chelsea team-mate Josh McEachran after 67 minutes.
Midfielder Sean Murray is part of the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad which take on the Netherlands at 1pm this afternoon, whilst Udinese loanee Cristian Battocchio will hope to be part of the Italian Under-20 side which face Germany at 2pm today.
Nyron Nosworthy is part of the Jamaica squad that take on Mexico in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Connor Smith has pulled out of the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 squad to concentrate of building up his fitness following injury.