Irish midfielder Jack Byrne has been given a major boost to his international ambitions after being drafted into Ireland’s squad for the upcoming EURO 2020 qualifiers.
Byrne has been rewarded for his impressive form domestically by being given a call-up to Mick McCarthy’s squad as they take on Gibraltar and Georgia to kick off their qualifying campaign.
The move to bring in the 22-year-old came after an injury sustained by Callum O’Dowda – one that ruled him out of contention for the opener against Gibraltar on March 26.
Byrne has represented Ireland all the way through his career in the youth ranks, making 10 appearances for the U-21’s before getting his first call-up.
The official Twitter account of the Irish football team made the news known on Sunday evening.
— FAIreland ⚽️?? (@FAIreland) March 17, 2019
The squad in full can be read below:
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Mark Travers (Bournemouth)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)
Midfielders: Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Harry Arter (Cardiff City*), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), James McClean (Stoke City)
Forwards: Shane Long (Southampton), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), James Collins (Luton Town)