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McCarthy could pull on Republic shirt again after three-year wait

 

James McCarthy
James McCarthy

By Damian Spellman

James McCarthy could make his first Republic of Ireland appearance for almost three years after being named in Mick McCarthy's squad for next month's clashes with Switzerland and Bulgaria.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who joined Crystal Palace from Everton this summer, has been included in a 40-man provisional party in which there are also first call-ups for Stoke City's Nathan Collins, Doncaster Rovers midfielder Kieran Sadlier and Tottenham striker Troy Parrott.

The Republic face the Swiss in a Euro 2020 qualifier on September 5 - they currently top Group D with 10 points from their four games to date - and the Bulgarians in a friendly five days later.

Manager McCarthy said: "Switzerland are a good side. They have been in the higher echelons of the top teams in Europe for the last number of years."

Palace's McCarthy last represented his country in a 3-1 World Cup qualifier victory in Moldova in October 2016 with injuries limiting him to just 17 club appearances since.

Parrott's inclusion is also eye-catching with both Spurs and the Republic having high hopes for the 17-year-old.

The party will be whittled down before the players meet up in Dublin with the manager conscious of the amount of games to be played between now and then.

He said: "I don't know what's going to happen between now and the next couple of games. We have Saturday games and Tuesday games. Players could get injured before we meet up."

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