Forward Named In Republic of Ireland Under-16 SquadYouth Team forward Rowan Roache has been named in the Republic of Ireland Under-16 squad for two friendlies against Turkey this week.
The youngster is one of several new faces linking-up with Paul Osam's side for fixtures on 6 and 8 April in Dublin.
"There's a lot of players who are coming in for the first time from both Irish clubs and abroad so it will take time for them to gel as a unit," Osam said.
"The main priority at this level is to look at players and give them an opportunity at this level. The only way to do that is by bringing them in and working with them."
News of the call-up has thrilled Blackpool's Academy Manager Ciaran Donnelly, who has been quick to praise Roache's recent development.
"Rowan has worked incredibly hard to improve his game since joining the academy two years ago and he's done it to a level where he's now got international recognition," he said.
"He's performed really well for Blackpool in all competitions this season and we're all really pleased for him, we think he can go on and done very well.
"It's also a great honour for the academy, it highlights the good work going on and the calibre of good players that we've got at Blackpool."
Donnelly, who represented England at various youth levels as a player, knows full well about sampling the experience of international football.
"It's going to be an amazing experience for him, so hopefully he does well enough to ensure that he's selected again and then make his way through the youth ranks as an international.
"He'll be playing with different types of players from different clubs, and will face other players from different countries. It's a fantastic opportunity for him and it will only aid his progress as a footballer."