Martin O’Neill has named a 35-man Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier in Austria.
Dundalk stars Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle have been included in the provisional panel for the first time, with the number set to be cut down in the coming days.
The two are expected to join up with the squad after yet another busy week of fixtures for the League of Ireland champions, beginning with a Europa League clash in St. Petersburg against Zenit and ending with the FAI Cup final against Cork City at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
James McCarthy has also been included, despite having only played half an hour of football for Everton since last month.
However, Shane Long has not been included as he is still injured, as is also the case with longer-term absentees Alan Judge and Rob Elliot.
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Bradford’s Colin Doyle is one of five goalkeepers included (along with Manchester City’s Ian Lawlor), with Kevin Doyle also named (provisionally at least).
Ireland find themselves joint-top of Group D having won two and drawn one of their opening three games. While the performances of the side thus far have been criticised in certain quarters, they are very much on course to challenge for top spot in the group.