Blackpool FC’s former Peel junior Rowan Richardson has been included in Ellan Vannin’s 16-man squad for next month’s friendly with Occitania in Toulouse.
The midfielder joins USA-based duo Liam Doyle and Shay Sharkey in Chris Bass Sr’s travelling party for the much-discussed December 30 fixture.
The rest of the selection for the match in aid of the Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign is made up of players from the Canada Life Premier League with six from Bass Sr’s St George’s.
Unavailabilities caused by work and family commitments have meant that there are some new faces in the squad as Bass Sr hones his plans ahead of next summer’s Euros. Gary Quirk (DHSOB), Furo Davies (Rushen) and St Mary’s duo Brian Crellin and Ste Priestnal all come into contention having not featured in June’s successful ConIFA World Football Cup campaign in Sweden.
No Peel players are available to travel, but MIFA made it clear that those that can’t travel to France will still be considered for selection going forward.
Bass Sr said: ‘I appreciate the support of all the players who are able to represent their country on this occasion. I would like to make special mention of two players travelling across the Atlantic to be part of our international journey. This has demonstrated to me a pride and passion for being Manx that will see us through in next year’s Euros.’
Squad Max Thomas (St Mary’s); Andrew Perry (St George’s); Sean Quaye (St George’s); Brian Crellin (St Mary’s); Seamus Sharkey (Rochester Lancers); Liam Cowin (St George’s); Liam Doyle (Ohio State); Stephen Riding (Rushen); Gary Quirk (DHSOB); Frank Jones (St George’s); Rowan Richardson (Blackpool FC); Calum Morrissey (St George’s); Furo Davies (Rushen); Jack McVey (St George’s); Ste Priestnal (St Mary’s); Chris Bass Jr (St George’s).