Mick McCarthy has announced the Republic of Ireland squad for the November games against New Zealand and Denmark.
Troy Parrott and Ryan Manning are the standout selections from the 39-man extended squad. Parrott is rated as the brightest prospect in Irish football and has already scored three times for the Ireland Under-21s. The 17-year-old has played one senior game for Tottenham Hotspur.
Manning has been one of the in-form players in the Championship this season, standing out at left-back since being moved from his natural position in midfield. The Galway-native has recorded three assists, has created 36 chances for his teammates and is averaging over two key passes per game.
Robbie Brady returns to the fold after missing out on the Ireland squad for the draw with Georgia and defeat to Switzerland at the start of October. The Burnley midfielder recorded two assists in Burnley’s 4-2 loss to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
McCarthy made the announcement on Tuesday in Dublin. Ireland play New Zealand on Thursday, November 14 at the Aviva Stadium in a friendly. The Kiwis are ranked 121st in the world. Ireland then face off against Denmark in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday, November 18. McCarthy’s side must win the game to reach the tournament next summer.
Here is the full squad for the Ireland matches in November:
Provisional Ireland squad v New Zealand and Denmark
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth), Kieran O’Hara (Burton Albion, on loan from Manchester United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool).
Defenders: Matt Doherty (Wolves), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kevin Long (Burnley), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Manning (QPR), Nathan Collins (Stoke City)
Midfielders: Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic, on loan from West Ham United), Glenn Whelan (Hearts), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Robbie Brady (Burnley), James McClean (Stoke City), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers)
Forwards: Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Callum Robinson (Sheffield United), Aidan O’Brien (Millwall), Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Shane Long (Southampton), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Hogan (Stoke City, on loan from Aston Villa)