Shane Duffy has been included in Martin O’Neill’s provisional 32-man squad for Ireland’s four friendly games in the coming month.
The uncapped Derry-born central defender, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny, has spent the season on loan at Yeovil Town from Everton in the SkyBet Championship.
He joins Seamus Coleman, who on Wednesday night was named as the Goodison Park club’s players’ and supporters’ Player of the Year, as well as three others with Donegal connections - Everton’s Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy, as well as Ciaran Clark of Aston Villa. The squad will be shortened ahead of the squad meeting up on May 22.
Ireland start their end of season series with the Three International friendly against Turkey on May 25, followed by Italy in Craven Cottage, London, on May 31, Costa Rica in PPL Stadium, Philadelphia on June 6 and Portugal in Metlife Stadium, New Jersey, on June 10.
Speaking at today’s press conference in FAI Headquarters, the Republic of Ireland manager O’Neill said: “These four games will provide us with great preparation for our first European qualifier against Georgia in September. I have enjoyed working with the players to date, and intend to use this extended period with them in May/ June to give me the opportunity to experiment and familiarise myself with the squad further.”