Ireland Under-21 manager Don Givens has handed Tottenham Hotspur striker Terry Dixon his first squad call-up for the UEFA qualifying game against Belgium.

The 16-year old centre-forward was selected in the last two squads for Ireland's senior team by manager Stephen Staunton and his inclusion in the 18-man under-21 panel is a major boost for the Republic's chances of progressing through to the next phase in the UEFA qualifying series.

Ireland will play their second and final game of their UEFA mini-qualifying group on the back of a 2-0 away win over Greece last Wednesday.

Victory over Belgium would guarantee Ireland top spot in the group, advancing them to a two-legged play-off in October.

The winner of that tie will join six other nations and hosts Holland in next year's European Championship Finals.

Goalkeeper Darren Quigley returns to the squad after missing the Greece game through suspension and it brings to five the number of eircom league players chosen by manager Givens.

UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier Group Four:
Republic of Ireland v Belgium, Friday 1 September, Terryland Park, Galway (7.30pm).
Colin Doyle (Birmingham City), Darren Quigley (UCD), Kevin Foley (Luton Town), Paul McShane (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Bruce (Ipswich Town), Marcos Painter (Birmingham City), Darren O'Dea (Glasgow Celtic), Glenn Whelan (Sheffield Wednesday), Willo Flood (Cardiff City), Paul Keegan (Drogheda United), Michael Timlin (Fulham), Darron Gibson (Manchester United), Kevin Deery (Derry City), Jay Tabb (Coventry City), Roy O'Donovan (Cork City), Andy Keogh (Scunthorpe United), Stephen Ward (Bohemians), Terry Dixon (Tottenham Hotspur).