Bayern Munich teenager Ryan Johansson has been called into the Republic of Ireland fold for the first time after being named in Tom Mohan's Under-19 squad for the upcoming back-to-back friendlies against Wales.
Johansson, 17, is also eligible to represent Sweden - the county of his father's birth - but links up with Ireland through his mother, who was born in Westmeath.
The versatile prospect can operate in defence and midfield and featured for Bayern's first team on their pre-season tour of the USA in the summer.
He comes into a squad brimming with talent.
Five of the players that starred in the recent UEFA European Under-17 Championships in England are named, including Spurs attacker Troy Parrott, while Mohan also welcomes back a further seven players that reached the Elite Round of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualifiers in Portugal earlier this year.
"Our players are competing at the high end of European football," said Mohan. "It's an exciting group to work with."
With the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualifying Round to come in October, Mohan wants to have a look at some players before that squad is named.
"You want to win matches, but if you get good performances there is a good chance you will get the right results."
Ireland's first game takes place in Longford on 9 September, with the second match taking place in Galway two days later.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Brian Maher (St Patrick's Athletic), George McMahon (Burnley)
Defenders: Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Tom Gaston (Girondins de Bordeaux), Jack James (Luton Town), Andy Lyons (Bohemians), Oisin McEntee (Newcastle United), Lee O'Connor (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Aaron Bolger (Shamrock Rovers), Conor Coventry (West Ham United), Jordan Doherty (Sheffield United), Will Ferry (Southampton), Ryan Johansson (Bayern Munich), Jason Knight (Derby County)
Forwards: Jonathon Afolabi (Southampton), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Adam Idah (Norwich City), Brandon Kavanagh (Shamrock Rovers),Glen McAuley (Liverpool), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Will Smallbone (Southampton)
Republic of Ireland v Wales, City Calling Stadium, Longford, 9 Sept
Republic of Ireland v Wales, Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway, 11 Sept