Pearce called up in place of O'Dea
Updated: Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 10:10
Reading defender Alex Pearce has been drafted into the Republic of 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.
Alex Pearce called up to replace Darren O'Dea. Trap spoke to club and O'Dea and has agreed to let him stay in Canada for pre season training— FAI (@FAIreland) January 24, 2013