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QPR's Manning links up with Republic squad

Queen's Park Rangers' Ryan Manning has been handed his first Republic of Ireland call-up for next month's home double-header against New Zealand and Denmark. (stock photo)
Queen's Park Rangers' Ryan Manning has been handed his first Republic of Ireland call-up for next month's home double-header against New Zealand and Denmark. (stock photo)

By Damian Spellman

Queen's Park Rangers' Ryan Manning has been handed his first Republic of Ireland call-up for next month's home double-header against New Zealand and Denmark.

Versatile midfielder Manning is included in an extended 39-man squad named by Mick McCarthy for the friendly against the All Whites on November 14, followed by the Euro 2020 clash with Denmark four days later.

Republic captain Seamus Coleman will miss the two games following his sending-off in Switzerland, while Burnley's Robbie Brady and Sheffield United's David McGoldrick return to the squad.

McCarthy, whose side clung onto top spot in Group F despite this month's 2-0 defeat in Geneva, said: "This is a huge month for us and these are two very different games. The New Zealand game is a chance to have a look at the players who are fighting to be in the team and some of the players fighting to be in the squad.

"We saw how beneficial it was to change things up for the recent Bulgaria friendly and we may well do that again against New Zealand."

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