Troy Parrott, Robbie Brady and Alan Browne have been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against Scotland and Armenia.

For Robbie Brady it represents his first call up to the squad for 18 months.

Not since March last year had Brady last featured, and he has got his career back on track with a start in every Preston North End Championship fixture so far.

The 30-year-old made his debut for his country in 2012 and has 57 caps and eight goals to his name. His most memorable goals came in Euro 2016 with a winner against Italy in the group stage, and a penalty which gave them the lead against France in the last 16; a game which they ultimately lost 2-1.

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Brady’s game time at left wing-back will provide Ireland with versatility in defence and midfield now.

Alan Browne and Troy Parrott are regulars in the squad in the last couple of years with 22 and 15 caps each. Both have scored four goals for their country, and will be looking to add to that for Stephen Kenny’s side.

They will join former Preston North End player Callum Robinson in the squad, whilst club teammates Greg Cunningham and Sean Maguire will still harbour ambitions of returning to the international scene this season.

Republic of Ireland v Scotland - UEFA Nations League B
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Ireland’s last game with Scotland in June saw them win 3-0 with both Browne and Parrott on the scoresheet. They will be hoping to avenge their 1-0 defeat to Armenia which came earlier that month. They currently lie in third place in the Nations League B Group 1, but Scotland and Ukraine who lie ahead of them both have a game in hand.

Ali McCann and Daniel Johnson will also be on international duty next week, after being called up to the Northern Ireland and Jamaica squads. McCann is due to face Kosovo and Greece, whilst Johnson will be hoping to feature in a game against Argentina in the early hours of Wednesday 28th September. It may be a close call for him to be ready for the next Preston game after that, which will be against Sunderland on the 1st October. Overall we hope no injuries are picked up in these international games to give Ryan Lowe any problems on their return.

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Josh McLoughlin
Josh McLoughlin

Combining my two passions of North End and writing. First game - 0-0 v Bristol Rovers 1996 Favourite player - Mark Rankine Favourite goal - Scott Laird v Manchester United

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