HARRY Vaughan has been selected for the Republic of Ireland's Under 18s for a friendly double-header with Sweden in Marbella.

The Latics midfielder has previously represented the U19s age group, playing in two friendlies - also against Sweden - last month.

However, a passport issue meant that Vaughan was unable to meet up with Tom Mohan's U19s for their UEFA Under-19 Championship qualifiers in Bulgaria, with Group 6 games against Montenegro today and Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday.

However, the 17-year-old was eligible to travel to Marbella for the friendlies, and despite Latics' ongoing injury situation, head coach Keith Curle felt the positives outweighed the negatives of losing the youngster for last night's Papa John's Trophy clash with Tranmere and Saturday's trip to Exeter City.

"The Under 19s manager rang me up and told me there was a little bit of a predicament with his citizenship passport but they would like him to represent his country, which he is eligible for," Curle explained.

"I'm never going to stop a player getting international recognition.

"Harry going away to a different environment, mixing in with new players, picking up other coaches' ideas and formats, it's part of his education, part of his development.

"We're trying to create a pathway for young players and they can't get enough education - game time education - in their development, and hopefully then that stands us in good stead."