Adam Idah out to catch Daniel Farke’s eye with starring role at the Euros
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Norwich City's teenage striker Adam Idah will spearhead the Republic of Ireland's bid to reach the semi-finals of the U17 European Championships on Monday night - and look to impress Canaries' chief Daniel Farke in the process.
Idah was top scorer in qualifying across Europe and sealed the 2-0 group win over Bosnia last week that earned a daunting quarter-final against the impressive Dutch (KO 7pm).
The 17-year-old has trained regularly with Farke's first team squad during recent months after being fast-tracked through the club's academy set-up.
'I'm loving it at Norwich. I have played (for the) U18s throughout the season, and I have played a couple of games for the U23,' he told City's official site.
'At the moment, it has been very successful for me, I won U18s player-of-the-year and academy player-of-the-year so the season has been very good.
'Hopefully when I go back next season I will have a good start again.
'We have to play against the best players in Europe, so that will help me a lot. But I have got to go back in pre-season and just do the best I can.
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'I am delighted, as a team everybody performed well (against Bosnia) and for myself getting the goal was great to get the relief.
'At the start of the tournament I was not getting goals but to score there was unbelievable, I just feel proud.'
Irish coach Colin O'Brien insists his underdogs are not fazed by facing a Dutch squad who have beaten Germany (3-0) and Spain (2-0) on the way to the last-eight.
'They are a top class outfit,' he told the Irish Independent. 'Already in the tournament they are scoring goals. They haven't conceded and have beaten two top tier teams in Spain and Germany. They'll be full of confidence so we'll have to have our plan.
'It will be an 80 or 84 minute game and we'll make sure we give it our very best.
'We have a bit of confidence now from winning two games. I said after the first game (2-0 defeat to Belgium) that I didn't feel we should have lost – we should have got a point out of it. That didn't knock the players' confidence, they learned from it. This group have good character and they've shown that by bouncing back and getting six points.
'It is knock out football now, we're very aware of that. That will throw up a few different situations no doubt. But, it's a great position to be in, already it is a fantastic achievement and we've got to make sure we leave everything on the pitch.'