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Flanagan Impresses For Ireland

16 November 2016

 Palace academy midfielder Kian Flanagan laid on two assists as the Republic of Ireland under-18s lost 3-2 to Germany on Sunday in Cambrils, Spain.

The 17-year-old won his first cap at under-18 level two days earlier against Holland at the same venue as he came on as a late substitute as the sides played out a goalless draw, but he was named in Ireland manager Jim Crawford's starting line-up for the game against the Germans.

In first-half stoppage-time the young Eagle set up Rian O'Sullivan for the game's opening goal, and on 64 minute he slipped a pass through to Thomas Byrne who doubled the Irish's advantage.

Flanagan was replaced after 68 minutes and after that the Germans fought back to score three times and clinch a last minute victory.

Afterwards, former Newcastle United midfielder Crawford commented: “Overall this has been an excellent couple of days. The players and staff have put in a huge amount of work and we’ve learned a lot. 

"We’ve played two top class opponents and the players will have benefited from this experience.”

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