Manager Colin Bell has named his squad for Republic of Ireland's upcoming friendly against Italy in Reggio Emilia next month (9 April). 

The Republic of Ireland have been drawn in a tough qualifying group for Euro 2021, with Germany and Ukraine occupying the top two seeded spots, and Bell is anxious for the side to play top opposition in preparation for the campaign. 

Bell opted not to draft in Bristol City striker Heather Payne as she is needed by the U19s side as they contest the elite round of the European championships in the first week of April. In her stead, Bell is drafting in Wexford Youths striker Rianna Jarrett. 

"Heather Payne is not in the squad because she'll be strengthening the Under-19s playing in the Elite Round, otherwise Heather would definitely have been included, as she's now a regular starter in the team," said Bell.  

"We've got Rianna Jarrett coming in to replace Heather, not in the same position, but as another player. It's good to have Rianna coming back in, she's in good form for Wexford, and we'll be looking forward to seeing how she's recovered after a long injury."

Frankfurt player Emily Kraft was to be selected but she suffered an ACL injury against Norway in the elite round of U17 qualifying and will be replaced by Cork City's Zara Foley. 

Republic of Ireland WNT squad v Italy

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (Brighton and Hove Albion), Grace Maloney (Reading)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Diane Caldwell SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Megan Campbell (Manchester City), Zara Foley (Cork City), Eabha O'Mahoney (Cork City)

Midfielders: Tyler Toland (Kildrum Tigers), Megan Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount)

Forwards: Amber Barrett (Peamount United), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Emily Whelan (Shelbourne), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths)