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Alex Pearce has one cap for his country so far

Alex Pearce has one cap for his country so far

Alex Pearce has one cap for his country so far

Reading defender Alex Pearce has been drafted into the Ireland squad for next month's friendly against Poland.

The 24-year-old has received a late call-up after manager Giovanni Trapattoni agreed to FC Toronto's request for Darren O'Dea to be allowed to remain with them for their pre-season preparations.

Pearce has one senior cap to date, scoring on his debut in a 4-1 victory over Oman at Craven Cottage in September last year.

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