Republic of Ireland manager Colin Bell has named his squad for the two forthcoming friendlies against Wales in Spain.

The games will take place in Marbella on Thursday, 28 February and Tuesday, 5 March.

Manchester City defender Megan Campbell has been named in the squad for the first time since the 2-0 win over Slovakia in October, 2017.

The 25-year old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in an Champions League match against LSK Kvinner FK in November 2017 and only made her return for Manchester City this month. 

West Ham United striker Leanne Kiernan has also returned to the squad after missing the Belgium friendly through injury and Le Havre goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan has been recalled to the squad. 

Shelbourne winger Isibeal Atkinson misses out after sustaining an injury during pre-season with her club, while Emily Kraft picked up an injury against Iceland for the Women's Under-17s and is also ruled out. 

These friendly games are part of the team’s preparation for UEFA 2021 European Championships qualifying in September. Ireland were placed in Group I and will face Germany, Ukraine, Greece and Montenegro in their bid to qualify for their first-ever major international tournament. 

"It's going to be an important week and after finding out our opponents for the qualifying campaign, it definitely adds an extra importance on the two games," said Bell.

"Wales are an excellent opponent for us to face, they were second seeds in the draw, and they're exactly the type of opposition we will need to beat in qualifying if we're going to make our first international tournament."

Leanne Kiernan is back in the squad

He continued: "The players have made incredible progress but we need to keep that intensity up as we build towards September. 

"I'm delighted to see Megan Campbell return to the squad. Megan is a crucial player for us and she's had to show real resilience to get through her injury and it's great to have her back involved for the two games."

Ireland squad
Goalkeeepers: Marie Hourihan (Brighton & Hove Albion), Grace Moloney (Reading), Courtney Brosnan (Le Harve)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Heather Payne (Bristol City), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisberg), Megan Campbell (Manchester City), Eabha O'Mahony (Cork City) 
Midfielders: Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Tyler Toland (Kildrum Tigers), Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne)
Forwards: Amber Barrett (Peamount United), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne), Katie McCabe (Arsenal)

Fixtures - International Friendlies (Irish times)
28 February: Wales v Republic of Ireland, Marbella Football Centre, 3.0pm
5 March: Wales v Republic of Ireland, Estadio Municipal de Marbella, 12.0pm