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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has handed senior call ups to four players for their upcoming friendly with Northern Ireland and UEFA Nations League clash with Denmark.

Caoimhin Kelleher, Jimmy Dunne, Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi have all been given their first senior call ups.

Kelleher previously trained with the squad in Wales following the first UEFA Nations League game in Cardiff, while Dunne and Manning were recently involved in Noel King's Under-21 squad. Obafemi is an U-19 international, who has made two Premier League appearances so far this season.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan will lead Ireland out as captain against Northern Ireland for what will be his 85th senior appearance. The Aston Villa man will not be part of the squad for the Denmark game.

The Republic of Ireland take on Northern Ireland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday 15th November, before a trip to Denmark for their UEFA Nations League tie against Åge Hareide's side on Saturday 17th November.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jimmy Dunne (Hearts), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Cardiff City), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Richie Towell, Ryan Manning (Rotherham United), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Shane Long, Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)

Belfast Telegraph