PNE trio in Republic of Ireland squad

Sean Maguire and Alan Browne
Sean Maguire and Alan Browne
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Three Preston North End players have been named in a provisional squad for the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off games against Denmark.

Sean Maguire, Alan Browne and Daryl Horgan are in an initial 34-man squad announced by Martin O'Neill.

The Republic are away to Denmark in the first leg on November 11, with the return at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on November 14.

Maguire won his first senior international cap in Ireland 2-0 win over Moldova earlier in the month.

He suffered a tight hamstring in PNE's 2-2 draw at Fulham after the international break, the injury seeing him miss last Saturday's defeat to Wolves.

But the striker is expected back in the Preston squad for this weekend's Deepdale clash with Brentford.

Daryl Horgan

Daryl Horgan

Referencing Maguire at the press conference to announce the squad, Republic manager O'Neill: "I think he did exceptionally well. He's getting better, so it's good news all round."

Browne has been capped once by Ireland in the summer friendly against Mexico in New Jersey, while Horgan has won two caps.

The squad will be whittled down nearer to the international break.