(Wednesday 10th July 2002)
Ian Simpemba Former Wanderers' Youth Teamer Ian Simpemba has been called up for the Republic of Ireland Under 19 squad to play in the UEFA Championships in Norway at the end of July. The 19 year old central defender/midfielder played a bit part in the Republic's progress to the finals and will be hoping for further caps after being given a year extension to his contract with Wycombe.
Eight teams are taking part in the competition in Norway, and Ireland have been drawn in Group B along with Belgium, England and Germany. Group A consists of Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Czech Republic. The winners of each group go through to the final in Ullevål with the runners up contesting a third place play off. The tournament runs from Saturday 21st July until Saturday 28th July and consequently Simpemba will miss Wycombe's pre-season trip to Scotland.

The Irish schedule is as follows:
Monday 22nd July vs Belgium - Drammen KO 6pm local
Wednesday 24th July vs Germany - Moss - KO 6pm local
Friday 26th July vs England - Hønefoss - KO 6pm local

The full squad is as follows:
Wayne Henderson (Aston Villa), Brian Murphy (Manchester City), Stephen Brennan (Newcastle United), Mark Rossiter (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Tottenham Hotspur), Paddy McCarthy (Manchester City), Stephen Paisley (Manchester City), Stephen Capper (Sunderland), Ian Simpemba (Wycombe Wanderers), Graham Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Sean Thornton (Sunderland), Keith Gilroy (Middlesbrough), Michael Foley (Liverpool), Liam Kearney (Nottingham Forest), Daryl McMahon (West Ham United), Stephen Elliott (Manchester City), Jonathan Daly (Stockport County) and Adrian Deane (Charlton Athletic).

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