Brady, Henderson and Pearce called into Ireland squad

Updated: September 10, 2012

Manchester United and Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Robbie Brady has been called up to the Republic’s senior squad for the friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening.

The 20 year-old scored for the Irish Under-21 side as they were eliminated from European Championships qualification following a 2-1 defeat in Hungary on Thursday afternoon.

The Dubliner has attracted rave reviews for his performances with the Under 21s and he is clearly keen to make an impression with the senior team, which he articulated to media at an Irish training session in Kingsmeadow on Sunday:

“I got a few goals for the under-21s and I think that’s what put my name about,” the lad who played his schoolboy football for the famed Dublin footballing nursery St. Kevin’s Boys stated. “Now, I’m delighted I’m here. I was getting ready for the flight to Italy (with Noel King’s Under 21 squad) when they told me I’d got called up. Hopefully, come Tuesday, if I get a chance I’ll be able to show what I’m about.”

West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has also been called up to the Irish squad, to replace Keiren Westwood, who has returned to his club.

Stephen will join up with the rest of the squad in time for training in Craven Cottage on Monday afternoon.

Reading defender Alex Pearce has also been called up to Trapattoni’s squad.

The three players called up have yet to make an appearance for the Irish senior international side.

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