Preston North End forward Callum Robinson could win his first Republic of Ireland cap after being named in their provisional squad for the games against Wales and Poland next month.
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The 23-year-old, an England youth international, qualifies to play for Martin O’Neill’s side through a Monaghan-born grandmother.
He played for an Ireland XI in Scott Brown’s testimonial against Celtic in May but he now has clearance and an Irish passport which means he can make his official international bow.
Alan Browne and Graham Burke complete the North End contingent in the squad that play Wales in their Nations League opener in Cardiff on September 6 and Poland in a friendly on September 11.
“His paperwork has gone through to represent us competitively,” O’Neill said of Robinson.
“I saw him recently against Norwich. He is a nice footballer.
“I will be encouraging him to take players on. This is what I want him to do.”
Burke has two caps to his name having become the first League of Ireland player to score for the full Ireland side in 40 years when on target in the win over the United States in June shortly before his arrival at Deepdale.
Browne has made three appearances but was going for a scan on a hamstring injury on Monday so could be forced to withdraw.
Sean Maguire would likely have been involved but still remains out with his own hamstring problem while former North End winger Daryl Horgan is in after his move to Hibernian as is Greg Cunningham who is now with Premier League Cardiff.
The squad will report for action at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Sunday, September 2 after PNE’s game against Bolton with numbers being cut and the final squad announced on Monday, September 3.