INTERNATIONAL SOCCER

Martin O'Neill calls up Ronan Curtis to senior squad

Great news for in-form St. Johnston man

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Martin O'Neill calls-up Ronan Curtis to senior squad

Ireland call-up for Ronan Curtis

Ronan Curtis has enjoyed a superb run of form since his move from Derry City to Portsmouth - and it just gets better for the St. Johnston man.

There is confirmation that Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has added Curtis to the squad to take on Poland in an international friendly on Tuesday evening in Wroclaw.

It follows the striker's brilliant equaliser for the Reublic of Ireland U-21s in their 1-1 draw away to Kosovo on Friday

Curtis, who has scored five goals in six games for Portsmouth this season after joining from Derry City, has impressed for Noel King's Under-21s this campaign.

However, the 22-year-old is suspended for Tuesday's qualifier against Germany in Tallaght Stadium so he will link up with the senior squad instead for their friendly against Poland.

Sean McDermott, whose father Terence is from Mountcharles, and Seamus Coleman are also part of O'Neill's squad.

Defender Stephen Ward, who earned his 50th senior cap in the defeat to Wales, has returned to his club (Burnley) with a foot injury. Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has also left the squad following two days training in Dragon Park, Newport.

Republic of Ireland Squad

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

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City)

Forwards: Graham Burke, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Ronan Cutis (Portsmouth)