Martin O’Neill has promised to follow the progress of New York Red Bull’s Ryan Meara after the goalkeeper trained with the Republic of Ireland squad in New Jersey.  

Meara, who has an Irish grandfather, was previously called up to the Under-21 panel in 2012 but could not travel due to club commitments.

And as Ireland prepare for their clash with Portugal on Wednesday morning, the 23-year-old was invited to take part in a training session with O’Neill admitting that he could be an option in the future.  

“I'd obviously need to see a bit more of him,” said the former Celtic boss, who takes charge of his seventh game as Ireland manager against Portugal.

“It was the first time I saw him live. Seamus [McDonagh, goalkeeping coach] has put a couple of DVDs in front of my nose, which I haven't had a chance to look at properly, but, no, it's the first time [to see him live] and it would be very hard to make an assessment today on a 15-minute each-way game.

“But I'll definitely keep an eye on him. You wouldn't dismiss it because I don't think we're in a position to do that. So why shouldn't he be [an option].”

David Forde is the current first-choice stopper, with Keiren Westwood, Rob Elliot and Darren Randolph also in the frame.